Apartment-style approvals decline in Queensland: Bankwest

Apartment-style approvals decline in Queensland: Bankwest
Apartment-style approvals decline in Queensland: Bankwest

Medium density housing approvals in the 12 months to March fell by the greatest margin in Queensland, more than in any other state or territory in Australia.

That is one of the key findings of the new Bankwest Housing Density report which analysed approvals in medium density and low density housing over both the long and the short term.

The report reveals the amount of medium density housing approvals in Queensland dropped by over a quarter (25.6%), down 6,789 approvals to just 19,693.

Bankwest General Manager Broker Sales Stewart Saunders says the state’s surplus of apartment style accommodation was the likely driver behind the drop.

“This sharp fall in medium density housing approvals in Queensland can be attributed to a high number of vacant properties, contributing to weaker investor expectations in the state’s hot property markets,” said Mr Saunders.

The drop is mirrored in the report’s findings that the proportion of medium density housing as a percentage of all approvals in Queensland fell by almost a half (45.3%) in the 12 months to March.

Despite this fall, the state’s medium density approvals in this period accounted for almost a fifth (17.8%) of all the approvals in the country over that period.

“The report also shows what’s happening at a more local level with pronounced decline in approvals in inner Brisbane City (down by 54.5% in the 12 months to March) but also a really healthy growth – the second highest in the whole country – in the Nerang area.

The report reveals the top ten fastest growing areas in the country for medium density housing, topped by Cottesloe-Claremont in Perth.

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Apartment-style approvals decline in Queensland: Bankwest

“The increased demand for medium density housing in Nerang in Queensland is also seen in other Gold Coast areas such as a Surfer’s Paradise, Robina and Southport where virtually all of the approvals in the year to March were for medium density housing,” said Mr Saunders.

On a national level, the report paints a picture of a country experiencing a continuing, long term trend towards apartment style living.

“What is noticeable in the short term analysis of the whole country is that we see that over the 12 months to March the country has experienced its biggest decline in the proportion of medium density approvals for four years,” Mr Saunders added.

Medium density approvals declined by 6.5% in the 12 months to March to 110,471, down from 118,156 the previous year.

This national decline was largely driven by declines at a state level in Queensland (down 25.6%), and Western Australia (down 27.1%).

Mr Saunders said the annual Housing Density Report had been produced as part of Bankwest’s ongoing commitment to offer insights on economic data, trends and issues of value to its customers, businesses, communities and policy makers.

“Bankwest is committed to helping customers and local businesses achieve what matters, contributing to the development of our communities and being a positive voice in the debate on the future of the economy.”

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