Forest Lake Action Group Adamant To Fight For Their Suburb Against High Density Residential Developments

Photo credit: Ray White Forest Lake

Forest Lake residents have formed a group opposing several housing developments in various areas within the suburb.

The group is called FLAG, which stands for Forest Lake Action Group and they are taking action towards property developments within the area which they consider to be “unsuitable.” These developments are:

  • 150 Lovat St., Ellen Grove – 41 Townhouses
  • 35 Roxwell St. Ellen Grove – 44 Townhouses
  • 50 Crossacres St. Doolandella – 94 Townhouses

The group consists of real estate agents, solicitors and residents who are urging the Brisbane City Council to refuse the approval of these developments. The group believes that their suburb deserves better than these high-density developments.

For instance, traffic congestion is getting worse on streets with recently completed townhouses such as the one on Roxwell St. To add insult to injury, the suburb is also tackling issues about illegal dumping, further adding a burden on already congested streets.

Related article: Forest Lake Is One of The Leading Suburbs With High Cases of Illegal Dumping

Cr Charles Strunk shares the same sentiments as the residents of Forest Lake and said that the council should put more thought into the level of high-density developments in the suburb.

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On the other hand, responding to the negative feedback, the council has requested the Ellen Grove development on Lovat St. to be reduced from 41 townhouses to 36. However, the group does not think this is enough and said that even if it gets reduced to 36, it still doesn’t comply with the Brisbane City Plan 2014 and the Local Government Infrastructure Plan, which cites that Lovat St. is an emerging community zone that only allows 18.8 dwellings per net developable hectare.

Another concern of the residents is the sewerage capacity which may not be able to accommodate increased density dwellings. However, the residents are concerned about sufficiency of sewerage capacity, despite assurances from Queensland Urban Utilities.