REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson says some pockets would remain low density.
HIGHRISE towers will never stretch the Gold Coast’s entire beachfront, a leading real estate expert says.
REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said some pockets would remain low density to ensure the coastline was not transformed into a “canyon” of buildings.
“(The council) wouldn’t want an alleyway of buildings all the same height,” he said.
“I think they’ll keep some pockets (lowrise) residential.”
View of Surfers Paradise looking inland on the Gold Coast.
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His comments come after Gold Coast City Council yesterday approved a 20-level tower at Main Beach.
Councillors were divided on the controversial proposal.
Most backed the project, citing the state plan and need for higher-density development on the light rail route while others warned it would have a “knock on” effect for coastal suburbs south of the Glitter Strip.
Mr Henderson said there was a need for high-density buildings, particularly along the light rail route as the population increased.
However, he did not think it was necessary in some suburbs, including Mermaid Beach and Miami.
REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson says there will always be a balance of highrises and low-density. Picture: Jerad Williams
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“The Gold Coast is an area where people want to live and we’ve got to cater for that because we are growing,” he said.
“From a real estate point of view, people want to live in good areas. The only way to achieve that is by going up.
“I think there will always be a balance of highrises and low-density, otherwise it’ll be too much of one product.”
Mr Henderson said a 20-storey building would look out of place in a low-density suburb like Tugun but there were already plenty at Main Beach.
“Main Beach already has a high degree of highrises,” he said.