Revised plan backed
AN apartment building has been approved for a suburban street in Heathridge.
The development at 50 and 52 Littorina Avenue originally proposed 14 units and was unanimously refused by the Metro NorthWest Joint Development Assessment Panel in June because it was considered an “over-development” of the site.
The applicant appealed the decision to the State Administrative Tribunal, which resulted in a revised proposal for 12 twobedroom units.
The panel was invited to reconsider its decision on Thursday, with a recommendation to conditionally approve the revised plans.
CF Town Planning and Development director Carlo Famiano said other changes proposed were to remove parking bays from the verge, move a storeroom closer to unit 1, more trees and landscaping and to redesign the facade “to give it more character”.
He said though they were still seeking some discretions, including increased building height in some parts, reduced upperfloor setbacks, balcony areas and landscaping, removal of mature trees and a shortfall of bicycle parking bays, they were minor and mainly because of the “irregular shaped block”.
“The development meets the objectives and intent of what can be built in housing opportunity areas and it offers diversity of housing,” he said.
Edgewater resident Joanna Quan argued the development would still not fit in with the “existing or intended developments in the area”.
Joondalup planning services manager Chris Leigh said the site suited a higher-density development because it was opposite a natural area, 100m from a primary school, 200m from Ocean Reef Road and 250m from a shopping centre.
An artist’s impression of the revised proposal for 12 units.