A development application has been lodged to turn one precinct in Taigum into a mixed-use site with food outlets, a service station, childcare and medical centres, and sports and community venues. The developer also plans to build a multiple dwelling retirement area within the Beams Road location.
Mewing Planning Consultants stated in DA A005727469 that the project’s nature and scale anticipate the needs of an Emerging Community Zone without impacting its ecological surrounding, including the existing swim school nearby. Covering 2.1 hectares, the proposal details a vision for a precinct with at least five distinct areas.
One area will entail repurposing an old church into a health care centre, where it will be surrounded by four other retail buildings with dining options, including a few fast-food drive-thru services.
The developers also said that future plans for the dwelling houses and retirement facilities will be submitted in separate applications.
Dubbed The Collective under Patona Property, the development has an expected completion date in the fourth quarter of 2022, if the plans are approved.
However, whilst the plan has the support of the residents, some suggested that the precinct should have cafes and fewer fast-food restaurants.
“There are plenty of fast-food restaurants within a short distance,” one resident said in the DA submissions. “What the area does need is a cafe precinct for the community. The area is lacking decent cafes and a development that supports community connection and small business is much needed. I believe a cafe precinct would be of particular value when retirement/aged care living is proposed for the area.”
The DA, filed in May 2021, is still under assessment with Brisbane City Council.