Joondalup hits roof
A THREE-storey retirement lifestyle village has been conditionally approved in Iluka.
Odyssey Residences at Beaumaris Beach, by Brightwater Care Group and developer OP Properties, will feature 58 apartments for residents aged over 55 on land bound by Santos Vista, Fernando Parkway and Burns Beach Road.
It proposes a mix of two and three-bedroom homes, communal open spaces, a central courtyard and basement carparking.
It also proposed a fourth storey with a gym and roof terrace, but City of Joondalup officers recommended this be removed.
At Friday’s Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel meeting, planning and community development director Dale Page said the roof terrace did not comply with the structure plan and could set a precedent for a fourth storey, with other developments still to be proposed for the remainder of the site.
She said there was also a “strong reaction from the community suggesting a fourth storey is not appropriate in this setting”.
However, MJA Studio creative director James Thompson said the roof terrace was a “very important” part of the proposal.
“It encourages interaction between the residents and helps fight against social isolation and boredom,” he said.
Joondalup councillor Philippa Taylor asked if a few apartments could be removed from the third storey to accommodate the roof terrace but Mr Thompson said it was “not commercially feasible”.
Panel deputy presiding member Sheryl Chaffer moved an amendment to only remove the gym – “the solid structure” – from the proposal, which would allow a roof terrace to remain but not create a fourth storey.
It was unanimously approved.
At the meeting, Santos Vista resident Donna Branson also expressed concerns with the proposal of eight visitor parking bays on the “quiet suburban street”.
She said it would make the street look like a parking lot, with bays already provided on the other side of the street for visitors to those homes.
She said it would increase traffic and foot traffic and asked why the bays could not be provided on Fernando Parkway, where the building entrance was and where no residents would be affected.
However, Ms Page said the street was not wide enough to accommodate the bays and the required footpath.
She said the proposal for 15 visitor bays, comprising the eight on the street and the rest in the basement, met the State Government’s residential codes.
The proposal was approved 4-1, with Cr Taylor voting against.
An artist’s impression of the proposed Odyssey Residences at Beaumaris Beach.