HIGH RISE FLAWS NOT CONSIDERED
FOR most people, trying to understand WA’s complex planning system (six different planning bodies all with legislative powers) is a difficult task.
Yet the planning of towns and buildings has an impact on our everyday lives, so why make it so complicated?
What is clear is that the recent changes to the planning system have diminished the role of local government planning.
This is unfortunate because local government is elected and therefore represents the local community.
The recent approval of the 7storey high-rise mixed-use development at Sarasota Pass in Clarkson highlights the need to bring planning back to community representation through local government.
Sarasota high rise was approved by a development assessment panel, only two of which are Wanneroo councillors. The other three panellists do not represent Wanneroo council or our local community.
The application only allowed for a two-week public consultation period.
Maybe this is why the DAP did not have enough time to assess critical flaws frequently observed in high density residential.
Perhaps world-renowned Danish architect Jan Gehl’s experience and observations of high density best explains these flaws:
Anybody living above the fifth floor is not part of the community anymore and can’t see what’s going on at ground level.
High rise separates people from the street, outdoors, the town and other people, ending up with enclaves and gated communties.
High rise scale is not human scale. High rise is so tall it makes no visual sense to people at eye level and this can be isolating.
It is questionable whether the scale of the Sarasota Pass building at seven storeys is in keeping with the scale of the other Ocean Keys buildings’ maximum height three storeys. ANTHONY JAMES, Clarkson