Re­tire­ment vil­lage re­jected


Joondalup Weekender - - News - Laura Pond

AP­PLI­CANTS for a pro­posed re­tire­ment vil­lage in Gnan­gara will ap­peal against a de­ci­sion re­fus­ing the de­vel­op­ment.

The North-West Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel re­jected the plan by Lake­lands Coun­try Club and de­vel­oper Han­dle Prop­erty Group (HPG) to build a re­tire­ment vil­lage on land ad­ja­cent to the club.

HPG di­rec­tor Peter Burke said they would lodge a re­view with the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal.

The pan­el­lists, in­clud­ing two Wan­neroo coun­cil­lors, agreed with City of Wan­neroo and WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion of­fi­cers that the ur­ban de­vel­op­ment was in­con­sis­tent with the land’s ru­ral zon­ing and the plan­ning pol­icy for the east Wan­neroo area.

Spe­cial­ist mem­ber Frank Zuide­veld said the pro­posal re­quired more plan­ning and in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Con­sid­er­ing the sur­round­ing area is only po­ten­tial for ur­ban de­vel­op­ment, I feel (it) is very pre­ma­ture,” he said.

“There are a num­ber of ques- tion marks re­gard­ing the de­vel­op­ment and th­ese need fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“It is pre­ma­ture un­til such time that the is­sues can be re­solved.”

Deputy pre­sid­ing mem­ber Paul Drech­sler said he was also con­cerned with the size of the de­vel­op­ment.

“I be­lieve it’s too in­tense at the mo­ment… it’s not sen­si­ble,” he said.

Depart­ment of Plan­ning of­fi­cer Kym Pe­tani con­firmed the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion had ini­ti­ated an amend­ment to the East Wan­neroo Struc­ture Plan to re- zone the area from ru­ral to ur­ban de­ferred.

She said it was be­ing pro­gressed and would “pro­ceed in a ra­tio­nal man­ner”.

Af­ter the ver­dict, club pres­i­dent John Alchin said he felt emo­tional.

“I’m ab­so­lutely gut­ted at the de­ci­sion,” he said.“We thought we were on a win­ner and the club would go for­ward.

“I be­lieve we should be al­lowed to build this re­tire­ment vil­lage.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d449190

Peter Burke, of Han­dle Prop­erty Group, and Lake­lands Coun­try Club pres­i­dent John Alchin.

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