Big impact feared for small blocks
NEDLANDS Mayor Max Hipkins fears small block owners will feel the biggest impact from greater housing density flagged by State Government planners recently.
Last month, council was surprised when it was presented with potential WA Planning Commission (WAPC) changes to the City’s draft Local Planning Scheme No. 3 that would increase housing density in parts of the City’s suburbs.
The potential alterations included R60 in Hollywood north to Carrington Street, two blocks either side of Waratah Avenue, Dalkeith becoming R40 to R80, and a doubling of density to R20 on Asquith Road, Mt Claremont.
Council had anticipated the draft scheme had adequately planned for higher density, mainly along Stirling Highway and Broadway, to conform with State Government policy.
Mr Hipkins said while many of the changes in Hollywood may relate to consolidation of the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital as a medical and research precinct, some of the possible WAPC alterations could drastically affect smaller streets.
“Laura Street, for example, west of Hampton Road, would be R160 on one side and R60 on the other, and there are very small lots, so high density of one side on them will create conflicts of scale between the existing houses and any new developments,” he said.
WAPC has considered Nedlands’ draft planning scheme for 10 months. A spokesman said the changes were intended to bring the scheme “up-to-date with current state planning policies regarding residential density”.