Big im­pact feared for small blocks

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By JON BAS­SETT

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”.

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