Sekisui House: Coolum Beachside MasterPlan Photo: Contributed
Sekisui House: Coolum Beachside MasterPlan Photo: Contributed Contributed

Sekisui's new plans for Yaroomba revealed

JAPANESE developer Sekisui House has presented the Sunshine Coast Council with a revised proposal for its Yaroomba site and they remain well outside of the town plan.  


The original concept called for five 10 storey (39 metres) buildings, the new concept removed three of these.  

The town plan, approved last year, calls for the building height on that site to be limited to 8.5 metres high.  

There will also be no nine storey buildings, although the concept will still require nine buildings between seven to eight storeys high.  

While Sekisui has not responded to the Daily's request for information, senior development manager Evan Aldridge told other media the removal of all the tallest buildings  would "compromise the commercial viability of the project".  

"The need for the hotel precinct to be 10 storeys is based on substantial feedback from major international hotel operators to ensure the ongoing viability of a five-star international hotel," he said.  

Under the revised plan there will be 1350 apartments, which is 120 less than originally put forward.  

Mr Aldridge said the updated proposal represented a "balance between the needs of residents, business groups, community feedback, the council's objectives, and Sekisui House as site owners".  

The council would now consider the revised proposal and whether it would amend the region's planning scheme.  

It is understood the council will hold a special meeting later this month to consider changes to the planning scheme.