Joon­dalup hits roof

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Tyler Brown

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.

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