Units plan concern residents
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.