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Developer reveals big plans for Ripley land after $11 million purchase

The company which bought an 84-acre property in the Ripley Priority Development Area for $11 million has revealed its plans for the prime site.

Orchard Property Group purchased the property at 160 Daleys Road, completing settlement of the purchase in August.

The site includes an existing development approval for a new masterplanned community with 426 lots.

Orchard Property Group wants to reconfigure the existing approval to increase the number of lots to 440 and launch the development in 2020.

Orchard Property Group managing director Brent Hailey said the company had long-held ambitions to acquire a site in the Ripley Priority Development Area.

“The Ripley Valley is one of the largest urban growth areas in Australia and will eventually be home to a new city nearly as large as Toowoomba with a population of 120,000 people and 50,000 new homes,” he said.

“The Priority Development Area has been incredibly successful since it was declared in 2010 and our expectations are that it will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.”

Ray White Special Projects director Tony Williams and Orchard Property Group managing director Brent Hailey at the Ripley site.

In a boost for the group’s development plans, more than $7 million in Catalyst Infrastructure Program funding was recently secured from Economic Development Queensland.

It allows for a major upgrade of Binnies Road, Ripley to improve access to the development site as well as several properties at the western end of the Ripley Priority Development Area.

Construction on the new road is expected to begin by the end of the year, with Orchard Property Group planning to start marketing its development in early 2020.

The new project will be Orchard’s second largest, following the launch earlier this year of a 650-lot, $120 million development at South Maclean in Logan City.

“There is plenty of competition but with the right product, in the right place and continued steady population growth in the south east, the fundamentals of the land market remain quite strong,” Mr Hailey said.

“As with all our products, we will be focused on creating a vibrant place to live by providing exceptional amenity, connectivity and urban design.”

Ray White Special Projects’ Tony Williams, who together with Mark Creevey negotiated the sale, said the site held strategic value.

“The property provided one of the few remaining parcels in the Valley which offers scale and with the benefit of negotiating the catalyst infrastructure agreement, Orchard have fast tracked their entry to the Ripley market,” Mr White said.

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8 Comments

  1. It is with great sadness and concern that I read about Ray White and Orchard Properties’ greed in applying to increase number of lots at Ripley from 426 to 440!! Not satisfied to have approval to destroy the koala habitat the two representative are standing in front of, they now want to squeeze families into SMALLER LOTS so Ray White and Orchard Properties’ PROFITS are BIGGER!

    Evil happens when good men to nothing! Does anyone care?

    1. “they now want to squeeze families into SMALLER LOTS”

      No one is forcing anyone into a smaller lot. Want to live on a larger lot, buy further out from the city.

      As for destroying the Koala habitat it’s very unfortunate. What would your solution be? People need to live somewhere and the smaller lots mean we have a smaller impact on land clearing.

    2. Yes there is grave cause for concern! It is very disturbing that so many developments have such narrow streets with the garages in the houses not big enough to hold a family car. What exactly is Council doing to allow for Koala habitat? We are so lucky to have these dear creatures as one of our native species. When developments are being planned we are told that so many hectares are being set aside for parklands. Cannot some of these parklands be incorporated into plans for the well being of our native species. Something should be done about searching out and relocating native animals on a more substantial scale if it is so needful to build more houses.

  2. Please leave some bushland around Ipswich. We cannot support any more development. Its ugly just a desert of rooves.

  3. I don’t know how much smaller housing blocks can get, but what I do know is that most developers are not providing wide enough streets to allow for the traffic in these areas. It is becoming more and more dangerous to travel in and around these ghettos especially as children get older and get their licence and their own car. Its all about profits, not about safe communities.

  4. Why are people asking the Federal Government to do something about climate change when it’s the local councils who approve land developments that ultimately results in hectares of trees, natures C02 filters, destroyed. Shame shame shame. Ipswich City Council, you are contributing to climate change, destruction of habit for our native animals and our koala population. You allow house blocks to be so small that allow for little air flow between homes, barely enough room to replant trees in the yards. With the increase in roof space, and roads and barely any trees to create shade (our natural air coconditioners), the temperatures in these estate are going to be so hot. You are allowing developments to take place where people will need to rely on air conditioning and increasing the load on energy supplies. Stop thinking profit and start thinking about the environment that you are leaving for future generations.

  5. The new Ipswich City Planning Scheme and draft Strategic Framework stinks! Ipswich City Council should be ashamed of itself for putting money first before our precious green space environment… It is no wonder the Councillors got sacked and there has been investigations into corruption. Council also stands to make huge profits through the development assessment approvals for the land. When was their public consultation in the development approval process?
    I believe the relevant statutory planning considerations including those set out in the Planning Act 2016 and Planning Regulation 2017, the state interests as included in the State Planning Policy and the outcomes sought by ShapingSEQ (the South East Queensland Regional Plan) reflect what polliticians “feel” is right and NOT “what” is right for future generations!

  6. Since my return too the area in 2007, I have seen the continuing disappearance of green spaces and especially trees. If the developers do pay an offset where is the money spent and where are the tress planted. The developers drop in sell then drop out and the infrastructure plays catch up for years to come. It is time councils & developers stop being guide by the might dollar and get some common sense into planning . Now cole development on Warwick Road more trees go. Plant the new trees before the developers move in

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