Apart­ments ap­proved

This Bali-in­spired back­yard is the per­fect set­ting to en­joy spring.

North Coast Weekender - - Front Page - Laura Pond

A THREE-STOREY Duncraig devel­op­ment of­fer­ing “apart­ments for life” has been ap­proved.

The Metro North-West Joint Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel en­dorsed Carine De­vel­op­ments’ $4.2 mil­lion project at 449, 451 and 453 Beach Road at its Septem­ber 1 meet­ing.

MJA Stu­dio ar­chi­tect So­phie Bottcher de­scribed the 21unit com­plex as “ex­tremely well lo­cated” close to trans­port and shops.

She said the town­houses would have a min­i­mum of two bed­rooms and the fa­cil­ity in­cor­po­rated a roof deck and out­door liv­ing space for so­cial in­ter­ac­tion.

The site has a dual den­sity cod­ing of R20/R60 and is in the City of Joon­dalup’s hous­ing op­por­tu­nity area.

Joon­dalup coun­cil­lor Philippa Tay­lor queried the park­ing pro­vi­sions and the City con­firmed there was a one bay short­fall over­all but it was sat­is­fied as each dwelling would have its own bay.

Spe­cial­ist mem­ber John Syme was pleased with the de­sign apart from the lack of ar­eas ex­posed to sun, which Ms Bottcher said was a rea­son for in­clud­ing a roof deck.

City plan­ning ser­vices man­ager Chris Leigh said ad­join­ing landown­ers had been con­sulted and ac­knowl­edged they were wor­ried about the build­ing height, that it was not in keep­ing with the sub­urb, po­ten­tial pri­vacy is­sues and as­so­ci­ated noise, but the City con­sid­ered the devel­op­ment was ap­pro­pri­ate.

Cr Chris­tine Hamil­tonPrime praised the “very at­trac­tive de­sign” and said it would help with res­i­den­tial in­fill. Cr Tay­lor said the pro­posal was in line with State Gov­ern­ment hous­ing ini­tia­tives.

“It’s suit­able for our age­ing pop­u­la­tion to be 200m from Carine shops,” she said.

Panel mem­bers unan­i­mously sup­ported the project sub­ject to con­di­tions, in­clud­ing the City’s ap­proval of de­tailed land­scap­ing, se­cu­rity and ac­cess man­age­ment and rub­bish col­lec­tion plans be­fore devel­op­ment.

THE Metro North-West Joint Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel has de­ferred its de­ci­sion on a $25 mil­lion aged care fa­cil­ity in Alki­mos.

A re­port by the City of Wan­neroo rec­om­mended re­fus­ing Aegis Aged Care Group’s ap­pli­ca­tion for the fa­cil­ity on Mag­el­lan Road be­cause the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices (DFES) deemed the bush­fire man­age­ment plan un­ac­cept­able as there was only one ac­cess road.

Plan­ning So­lu­tions direc­tor Tayne Ever­shed, who pre­sented on be­half of the ap­pli­ca­tion, said they had en­gaged with the City and DFES and it was pro­posed an ex­ist­ing ser­vice road could be ex­tended to pro­vide tem­po­rary emer­gency ac­cess.

Mr Ever­shed said there were a cou­ple of op­tions and be­lieved the is­sue could be re­solved in the next 18-24 months be­fore con­struc­tion started.

Pre­sid­ing mem­ber Karen Hyde and fel­low pan­el­lists were un­com­fort­able about the lack of clar­ity.

“There are so many ar­eas out­side your con­trol,” she said.

Spe­cial­ist mem­ber John Syme said they could not ap­prove it un­less they had “some­thing bet­ter”.

The panel re­solved to de­fer the de­ci­sion for four weeks to en­able the City and ap­pli­cant to in­ves­ti­gate op­tions for bush­fire emer­gency ac­cess.

THIS Ridge­wood prop­erty of­fers space for the whole fam­ily.

The own­ers bought the 2007 build four years ago and have been up­dat­ing it ever since.

“The bones and floor­plan of the house were awe­some; how­ever it lacked a lot so we made a num­ber of changes in­clud­ing build­ing the Bal­istyle gazebo by the pool and a mas­sive amount of plant­ing to cre­ate a trop­i­cal and lush feel,” they said.

“We also set up the the­atre room with a screen and pro­jec­tor, in­stalled eight large so­lar pan­els that have re­duced our elec­tric­ity bill im­mensely and added in new light­ing, ceil­ing fans, kitchen bench­tops, fea­ture wall­pa­per and car­pet to the main bed­room and fresh paint.”

Cen­tral to the home is the huge open-plan liv­ing and din­ing area with easy-care porce­lain tiles, while fur­ther liv­ing space is af­forded by a games room open­ing out to the cov­ered pa­tio.

This area is over­looked by the chef’s kitchen, which fea­tures qual­ity stain­less steel ap­pli­ances, pantry, mi­crowave nook and large break­fast bar.

The mas­sive master suite has plush car­pet, a fea­ture wall, ceil­ing fan, his and hers walkin robe and a modern en­suite. Three king-size mi­nor bed­rooms with built-in robes share the main bath­room with shower, bath and van­ity.

“The house has suited us for en­ter­tain­ing as we have a large grown-up fam­ily with grand­chil­dren so it ac­com­mo­dated us all with ease,” the own­ers said.

The bus stop around the cor­ner of­fers easy ac­cess to Clark­son train sta­tion, it is just one minute’s drive to the new sec­tion of the free­way and schools, shops, park­lands and, of course, the beach are all in easy ac­cess.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed Duncraig res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment.

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