Brakes put on apart­ment plan

Wanneroo Times - - News - Tyler Brown

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”.

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