Heeding the aged care cry
EDGEWATER FACILITY APPROVAL
A NEW $26 million residential aged care facility is “well needed” in Edgewater.
The 128-bed Mercy Health development was conditionally approved by the Metro NorthWest Joint Development Assessment Panel on Thursday.
Joondalup councillor Christine Hamilton-Prime said there was a “cry out for more aged care” where independence was still maintained.
The site at 9 Harvest Loop is currently owned and operated by Mercy Health, with a 33-bed residential aged care facility, which is proposed to be demolished, and a 22-villa retirement village.
The new facility proposes four clusters of buildings ranging from two to three storeys to accommodate 128 bedrooms, as well as a small grocer, cafe, lounge, health and wellbeing centre and internal courtyards.
Planning Solutions director Tayne Evershed said the applicant was satisfied with all conditions except one.
He requested deletion of the requirement for landscaping that discourages vehicles from parking within the Pioneer Drive and Harvest Loop verge.
This could include native ground covers and small plants instead of just grass.
Mr Evershed said all parking except four bays would be in the one place (off Harvest Loop), improving the current situation which was “a whole bunch of bays scattered”.
Planning services manager Chris Leigh said while the City was “comfortable with the extent of parking on the site”, parking on the verge was a “pre-existing issue” particularly with school traffic from Mater Dei College and people parking across the verge footpath.
Though specialist member John Syme believed it was “just on the edge of unreasonable” to require particular landscaping on the City-owned verge, his motion to delete the condition was defeated 2-3.