Affordable housing units approved for Barney Point

A NEW 30-unit affordable housing development will go ahead at Barney Point.

Gladstone Regional Council on Wednesday approved the first of three development applications lodged by Gladstone Affordable Housing.

The buildings will house 30 two-bedroom units, with the developer also committing to build a 48-space car park on the site.

In making its decision, the council considered the fact that no submissions were received during the public notification period and that the complex, despite being above the height limit for the area, did not have significant negative impact on the visual amenity of the area.

Council has put a number of conditions on the development, including a requirement for the developer to relocate and upgrade sewer lines to ensure they are clear from the proposed buildings.

Regional strategy portfolio spokesman Matt Burnett said the development was appropriate for the area, being located on residential high density zoned land.

"This is the first Gladstone Affordable Housing proposal approved by council since the group was established in Gladstone, with support from LNG proponents, to provide affordable housing for the community," Cr Burnett said.

"The developer plans to build these in five blocks with 48 on-site car parks. Thirty of the car parks are under cover, which should improve the overall look of the complex and reduce the need for vehicles to be parked off-site."

The development will be built at 34-38 Barney St, Barney Point.