In a dramatic effort to salvage the classic Australian backyard, the Brisbane City Council is banning townhouses in many neighbourhoods. Council planning committee chairman Matthew Bourke said that the decision is intended to preserve the ‘Brisbane lifestyle’.

Developers are afraid that this move will escalate property prices and exacerbate the state’s housing shortage.

Housing Industry of Australia Queensland director Mike Roberts said that Brisbane property prices would fly sky high and homebuyers would be denied choices.

Another Brisbane developer said the council’s decision ran contrary to the hearty demand for suburban townhouses in this region.

Bourke said that the injunction is an attempt to block the consolidation of residential lots for development in low-density suburban areas, risking the development of crowding large-scale projects that prove unpopular with residents.

Bourke said that the act of prohibiting townhouses will prevent multiple homeowners from merging their lots to sell as a package to property developers.

New townhouses located in more than two thirds of land zoned for residential living won’t be proceeding with development.

Other regions are trying an alternate angle, opting instead for an intermingling of diverse housing types.

Recent research discovered that more than half of Australians would surrender a sizable backyard when purchasing a house if they had easy access to neighbourhood parks.