Call for Dalkeith hous­ing di­ver­sity

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By MON­TANA ARDON

A DALKEITH ar­chi­tect has called on the City of Ned­lands to ap­prove a scheme amend­ment that would al­low large lots in part of the sub­urb to be sub­di­vided.

Sandy Anghie has urged the coun­cil to change its Town Plan­ning Scheme so some lots can be re­zoned from R10 to R20, which would en­able prop­er­ties around Waratah Av­enue with lot sizes greater than 900sq m to be sub­di­vided.

“The norm in Dalkeith is large houses on quar­ter-acre (1000sq m) blocks,” Ms Anghie said.

“Sin­gle houses on that size block make up 98.6 per cent of houses in the sub­urb, with the re­main­ing be­ing older du­plexes, other than the re­cently com­pleted apart­ment build­ing on Waratah Av­enue, which is the first of its kind.”

Ms Anghie re­cently de­signed two houses near the pro­posed area for scheme amend­ment on ad­ja­cent strata lots, which she said was an “anom­aly for the area”.

“The core idea in the de­sign was to pro­vide a prece­dent for greater hous­ing den­sity and di­ver­sity in Dalkeith,” she said. “Large houses on the river with views make sense.

“But Waratah Av­enue pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for di­ver­sity, en­abling peo­ple to down­size and stay in the area.”

Real es­tate agent Jor­dan Mcguirk, from LJ Hooker, said he be­lieved the pro­posal to al­low smaller al­lot­ments would be well re­ceived in the mar­ket.

“Down­siz­ing to an apart­ment is not ev­ery­one’s pref­er­ence,” he said.

“Many have pets and grand­kids, so they still want some pri­vate out­door space.

“Some res­i­dents could down­size by split­ting their block to cre­ate du­plexes; they could live in one and sell or rent the sec­ond for in­come.

“We def­i­nitely won’t see an in­flux of high-rise liv­ing.”

The pro­posed scheme amend­ment was orig­i­nally con­sid­ered by the coun­cil in 2015, but coun­cil­lors re­solved not to adopt the pro­posal.

Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti has since un­der­taken a review of the de­ci­sion and is­sued an or­der di­rect­ing the City to ad­ver­tise the amend­ment for pub­lic com­ment and fur­ther de­tailed as­sess­ment. City of Ned­lands strate­gic plan­ning of­fi­cer Emma van der Lin­den said the pro­posal would be ad­ver­tised un­til Fri­day.

“Fol­low­ing close of ad­ver­tis­ing, the City will con­sider each valid sub­mis­sion and a re­port will be pre­sented to the coun­cil at the Au­gust 22 meet­ing,” she said.

Ms Anghie said she hoped res­i­dents who had ini­tially been re­luc­tant would change their tune.

“In­creased den­sity can be achieved in a sen­si­tive form, with care taken to en­sure that the house is sym­pa­thetic to its neigh­bour­hood and con­text,” she said.

“If res­i­dents are con­cerned about the char­ac­ter of the sub­urb be­ing lost, then per­haps this should be di­rected at the de­mo­li­tion of older homes to make way for large-scale man­sions on quar­ter-acre lots.

“It is not the fault of sub­di­vi­sion be­cause cur­rently this is very limited and re­stricted to the area around Waratah Av­enue.”

AS one of Aus­tralia’s most ex­pen­sive sub­urbs, Dalkeith is not usu­ally an op­tion for firsthome­buy­ers.

With an av­er­age house price of $2.4 mil­lion, prop­er­ties in the leafy sub­urb go for more than five times the WA av­er­age of $475,000.

How­ever, a re­cent scheme amend­ment re­ceived by the City of Ned­lands to its Town Plan­ning Scheme to re­zone lots over 900sq m from R10 to R20 – which would en­able prop­er­ties to be sub­di­vided – could be a game changer. That is, if they are ap­proved this time around.

Al­most all houses in Dalkeith are sin­gle houses on 1000sq m blocks and of­ten it is the size of the block that hikes up the price. On the other end of the scale, there are re­tirees look­ing to down­size and stay in the same area with­out cost­ing them an arm and a leg. The re­cently com­pleted apart­ment build­ing on Waratah Av­enue should not be a one­off.

Dalkeith res­i­dents should con­sider em­brac­ing change and progress, as long as it keeps in char­ac­ter with the neigh­bour­hood. Mon­tana Ardon Re­porter

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