Big new vil­lage prompts traf­fic fear

POST Newspapers - - Letters To The Post - By BEN DICK­IN­SON

Regis Aged Care’s pro­posed 327-unit re­tire­ment vil­lage in Karella Street could cause traf­fic prob­lems in Ned­lands, mayor Max Hip­kins says.

“Smyth Road … is al­ready un­der se­vere pres­sure,” Mr Hip­kins said this week.

“Traf­fic stud­ies will be crit­i­cal for the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment, which is sited be­tween two ma­jor roads – Stir­ling High­way and Aber­dare Road – which are near ca­pac­ity.”

Regis’s long-awaited plans for the $250mil­lion re­tire­ment vil­lage show 327 apart­ments, 658 car bays and 65 scooter bays.

A six-storey club­house is the planned cen­tre­piece of the sprawl­ing vil­lage, which would run all the way from Smyth Road to Wil­liams Road.

Three-storey build­ings would line all three streets, ac­cord­ing to the plans, which also show a bowl­ing green, a pool, a gym and an out­door am­phithe­atre.

“To­gether with our ar­chi­tects, we have un­der­taken an ex­ten­sive study of the lo­cal area to de­sign a de­vel­op­ment based on the char­ac­ter of the lo­cal neigh­bour­hood,” a Regis spokesper­son said.

“The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment is en­tirely in keep­ing with the coun­cil’s stated vi­sion for the area and we un­der­stand that the lo­cal com­mu­nity is also sup­port­ive of the de­vel­op­ment.”

Ned­lands coun­cil sought res­i­dents’ sub­mis­sions on the plans, which will be judged by a de­vel­op­ment as­sess­ment panel (DAP).

Mayor Max Hip­kins said he was con­cerned that Regis’s plans showed a to­tal floor area equal to 114% of the mas­sive site, in­stead of the 75% spec­i­fied in the coun­cil’s town plan­ning scheme.

“What they can ac­tu­ally do on the site is up in the air,” he said.

“In the past, the scheme has been the fi­nal word in what you can do on a piece of land.

“DAPs have no­to­ri­ously ex­er­cised far more dis­cre­tion than coun­cils.

“In prin­ci­ple, I’m not ob­ject­ing to a higher plot ra­tio … [but] all the open space is in­ter­nal and the com­mu­nity doesn’t get any ben­e­fit.”

Regis’s spokesper­son said the coun­cil’s in­com­ing town plan­ning scheme 3, which is be­ing as­sessed by the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, re­moved plot ra­tio re­stric­tions.

Regis Aged Care has re­leased plans for its 327-unit re­tire­ment vil­lage in Karella Street.

The pro­posed six-storey clubhouse.

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