Brakes put on apartment plan
A DECISION on a proposed two-storey apartment complex in Edgewater has been deferred to address design concerns.
The $2 million 14-unit development across 7 and 56 Tuart Trail went before the Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel last week and was recommended for refusal by the City of Joondalup.
Resident Jean Ireland said the proposal did not maintain the amenity of the area, with the “bulk, colour and dominant built form detracting from the current garden streetscape”.
She said it was a case of quantity over quality, making “no attempt to fit in”.
Moharich and More planning and environmental law firm director Belinda Moharich, acting on behalf of the landowner and applicant, said she was “very concerned to see the approach taken by the City” when assessing the proposal against the yet-tobe approved State Planning Policy 7 (SPP7).
Joondalup planning services manager Chris Leigh said the City had found out SPP7 was considered a “seriously entertained document” and so the City was giving “more weight” to assessing applications against it.
Ms Moharich said the development would be the first at R40 in the area, so it was going to look different to the R15 houses built in the 1980s.
She said the proposal needed to be considered along with the aspirations for the future amenity of the area.
CF Town Planning and Development director Carlo Famiano said they had taken into account the topography of the land and included a pitched roof and softening landscape to help integrate with neighbouring properties.
Crs Philippa Taylor and Christine Hamilton-Prime wanted to refuse the application.
However, the other three panel members said they could not support a refusal based on the City’s use of SPP7.
Acting presiding member Sheryl Chaffer moved to defer the application to enable the applicant to address concerns including parking, surveillance and the design, having regard to the “intended future character of the area”.