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Driving range proposal ‘on par with needs’

A development company’s plan to create 1200 new dwellings in the heart of our region’s education hub aims to help ease the current housing crisis.

A development application has been submitted to Sunshine Coast Council to divide the Chancellor Park Golf Driving Range at Sippy Downs into 12 land parcels.

Sunshine Coast development company RM Developments has managed the range, which is set on a 4.19-hectare (10.34-acre) lot since 2021.

The company stated in a media release that there was the potential to deliver 1200 new dwellings and significantly ease the current housing crisis on the Sunshine Coast.

Director Josh Myers says the property was purchased because the company recognised the strength of the emerging community in the growing Sippy Downs precinct, which is centred around the University of the Sunshine Coast.

“The subdivision approval being sought is of strategic, long-term importance to the Sippy Downs masterplan,” he says.

He says there has already been significant interest in the site.

The property, at 15 Sippy Downs Drive, is situated close to the university and within the Sippy Downs Town Centre: a zone that allows for high-density accommodation.

It has wide frontages to Sippy Downs Drive and the Sunshine Motorway.

The zoning encourages significant population densities with maximum building heights of 25m, though there is provision for taller buildings on some corner sites.

Buildings would typically be apartments or townhouses, but other permitted uses include residential care, retirement facilities and student accommodation. While approvals are being progressed, the company says it has no immediate plans to commence construction in the short term. The operator of the driving range has recently negotiated a new two-year lease.

RM Developments, which has 23 projects between South Brisbane and Airlie Beach with a gross realisation of more than $850 million, is developing two other sites in Sippy Downs.

A SOHO development at 310 University Way is under construction, while development approval has been granted for another 89-apartment project in Spring Street.

RM Developments has a range of projects and asset classes across Queensland, in partnership with high-net-worth individuals, family offices, ASX-listed companies and industry superannuation funds.

Sippy Downs has grown dramatically since the university opened in 1994.

The suburb is the region’s established education hub, with Siena Catholic College and Chancellor College situated within 1.5km of the site.

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