Units plan con­cern res­i­dents

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GIRRAWHEEN res­i­dents are con­cerned about the neg­a­tive ef­fects on their sub­urb af­ter a three­storey devel­op­ment was ap­proved on Strive Loop.

The $4.9 mil­lion project was re­jected by the Metro North-West Joint Devel­op­ment Panel in March, but owner Lam Prop­erty Devel­op­ment Group ap­pealed to the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal.

Con­cept Build­ing De­sign sub­mit­ted an amended pro­posal for con­sid­er­a­tion at the Au­gust 11 meet­ing, which was passed by panel mem­bers 3-2.

Changes in­cluded re­duc­ing it by one dwelling to 41 units, de­creas­ing the num­ber of res­i­dent carpark­ing bays from 59 to 50, plus three on-site vis­i­tor bays, and in­creas­ing the amount of com­mu­nal out­door space.

The City of Wanneroo’s re­port de­scribed it as “a vast im­prove­ment from the ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tion” and rec­om­mended ap­proval sub­ject to 13 con­di­tions.

Girrawheen res­i­dents Stephen Hall, Eileen Pool and So­nia Gar­cia spoke against the devel­op­ment, cit­ing con­cerns about in­creased crime and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour, build­ing height and in­com­pat­i­bil­ity with the sur­round­ing area, and lack of carpark­ing bays.

Con­cept’s Robert For­gione said they had moved store­rooms and the bin stor­age area to re­duce im­pact on the ad­ja­cent prop­erty, in­creased the amount of out­door space and the com­plex would have CCTV and se­cu­rity gates.

Ac­cord­ing to Plan­ning So­lu­tions plan­ner Trent Will, there were 44 pub­lic bays within the es­tate, equat­ing to one bay per 2.7 homes.

Pre­sid­ing mem­ber Karen Hyde and coun­cil­lors Rus­sell Driver and Frank Cvi­tan sup­ported an amended rec­om­men­da­tion, with added con­di­tions re­quir­ing the de­vel­oper to re­duce the heat load on the carpark through shade struc­tures or trees and pro­vide a crime pre­ven­tion anal­y­sis.

Act­ing deputy pre­sid­ing mem­ber Paul Drech­sler and spe­cial­ist mem­ber John Syme ob­jected, both con­cerned the com­mu­nal ar­eas would be shaded while the carpark re­ceived full sun­light.

Ms Pool said af­ter­wards the build­ing was too high and in­com­pat­i­ble with the area, while Mr Hall re­it­er­ated his safety con­cerns, be­liev­ing it would be­come “a slum of the fu­ture” and ex­ac­er­bate the prob­lem of crime.

Girrawheen MLA Mar­garet Quirk pre­sented against the devel­op­ment in March and said she was dis­ap­pointed with the out­come, as it would re­sult in park­ing and traf­fic prob­lems and loss of amenity.

A plan of the en­try court­yard from Strive Loop.

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