Council approves 1,033 housing lots in last quarter

11 November 2022

Ipswich City Council continues to do its bit to ease the housing crisis with lot approvals increasing 1,145 per cent during the September quarter.

Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Chair Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said Ipswich was punching above its weight when it comes to reducing the impact of the housing crisis.

“As Queensland’s fastest growing city, Ipswich continues to lead the charge in catering for the south-east’s growing population by ensuring we have more land coming to market,” Mayor Harding said.

“That growth from the previous quarter is largely because we had two large housing estates approved this quarter with 799 lots for an estate in Spring Mountain and 184 lots for an estate in Ripley.

“While Brisbane will run out of available land to build new homes in less than three years, Ipswich goes from strength to strength with 7.3 years’ worth of approved lots – land that is ready to go to market for housing.

“Council continues to work with all levels of government to secure the critical funding needed to deliver community and transport infrastructure to support our rapidly growing population.”

Council’s Planning and Regulatory Services Quarterly Report from 1 July to 30 September 2022 provides a snapshot of development activity and population growth across the city, highlighting the need for continued action.

Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Deputy Chairperson Councillor Paul Tully said the quarterly report also shows an extra 1,218 residents moved to the city in the September quarter.

“That is a 27 per cent rise from the previous June quarter bringing our total population currently to 243,588,” Cr Tully said.

“Most of those residents are moving to the suburbs of Ripley, Spring Mountain, Redbank Plains, South Ripley and Springfield. These are also the top five suburbs for new dwellings and additional population.

“New dwellings overall increased 35 per cent, lots created increased 7 per cent, while development applications also went up by 7 per cent in the September quarter.”

The quarterly report card also shows 32 new food businesses started up; almost 30,000 animal registrations; 8.4km of additional pathways and bikeways created; there were 4,175 customer service requests lodged with council, and more than 2,400 parking infringements.

Read the full Planning and Regulatory Services Quarterly Report here: Quarterly Activity Report Card September 2022 - Planning & Development (