New plan to shape the future of Newstead & Bowen Hills

Brisbane City Council has adopted a new plan to guide the future of Newstead and Bowen Hills, following the State Government’s endorsement of the Newstead North Neighbourhood Plan.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the plan for the Newstead North precinct was part of Council’s commitment to carefully planning for Brisbane’s future to ensure it remains a great place to live, work and relax.

“Newstead North is one of Brisbane’s key industrial precincts and has evolved into a vibrant and creative destination,” Cr Quirk said.

“Located only three kilometres north of the CBD, Newstead forms an important gateway into the inner-city and the Newstead North Neighbourhood Plan will help guide development between Waterloo Street and Breakfast Creek, as well as the area of Bowen Hills outside the State Government’s development area.

“The new Newstead North Neighbourhood Plan will help guide development in the area by promoting economic development with a mix of low-impact industrial areas that cater for inner-city residents and workers.

“Future growth will be focused in the northern part of Breakfast Creek Road between Edmund Street and Breakfast Creek, as well as a small redevelopment area in Maud and Austin Streets, that will integrate retail, cafes and offices with residential buildings.”

Local Councillor Vicki Howard said the community played a big role in helping Council develop the new neighbourhood plan, with more than 200 submissions received during community consultation last year.

“Council is committed to working with the community to carefully plan for our future and the new Newstead North Neighbourhood Plan was shaped based on feedback from the community,” Cr Howard said.

“We are focussed on preserving our city’s rich history and will ensure character houses and the prominent Montpelier Hill are preserved by restricting maximum building heights around the hill.

“Council will also be adding three properties to the Heritage Overlay, in addition to the 18 properties already protected in the area.

“The new neighbourhood plan will also look to improve pedestrian accessibility, encourage the reuse of existing buildings for indoor sport and recreation as well as enhancing Breakfast Creek Road as a key corridor into the city.”

The Newstead North Neighbourhood Plan will now be incorporated into Brisbane City Plan 2014.