The good, the bad, and the ugly of SEQ’s missing middle

The good, the bad, and the ugly of SEQ’s missing middle

Unlocking missing middle housing is critical to delivering the homes Queenslanders want to live in. The work of our Research Foundation tells us that people want a greater number of choices in housing stock – the product in between a high rise and a detached dwelling on a quarter acre block.

In partnership with Urbis we undertook an analysis of the performance and delivery of missing middle housing product using the 5 years of data released in the 2016 Census.

Research nuggets

We’ve pulled out the juicy bits for you on missing middle product less than
4 storeys:

  • There’s been a significant decrease in the proportion of flats, units or apartments in a one or two storey block
  • Brisbane and Gold Coast LGAs only registered a 1% increase in the proportion of dwellings less than 4 storeys high
  • There are many areas with good access to infrastructure and the Brisbane CBD  that have seen minimal development of missing middle product
  • The Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and Moreton Bay LGAs are much better at delivering missing middle under 4 storeys whilst Brisbane lags behind with only one suburb in the top 10

Where missing middle is being delivered in Brisbane it’s on the fringes in greenfield areas and growth corridors.

About the Research Foundation 

The UDIA Queensland Research Foundation, proudly presented by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ), will facilitate the progression of our industry by providing our members with the opportunity and information required to make strong business decisions based on hard evidence.

Disclaimer: This report has been prepared by Urbis for the general information of UDIA Queensland members and stakeholders. Urbis has taken all due care in the preparation of this report. However, Urbis and the Institute are not liable to any person or entity for any damage or loss that has occurred, or may occur, in relation to that person or entity taking or not taking action in respect of any representation, statement, opinion or advice referred to herein.

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