Latest unit plan draws opposition

A unit at 15 Heath Road, Kalamunda, is now being advertised for rental at $510 a week.
A unit at 15 Heath Road, Kalamunda, is now being advertised for rental at $510 a week.

The Shire of Kalamunda development and infrastructure services committee passed the application for the high-density accommodation for 12 Heath Road at its September 9 meeting.

If passed by the full council at a future ordinary meeting, the block of units at 12 Heath Road could become the fourth on the street.

An existing house on the site will be demolished to make way for the set of two-bedroom units, 12 car spaces, four bicycle parking spaces and storerooms.

The application was met with resistance from nearby residents, with a petition of 15 signatures presented to the shire objecting to the development because of potential privacy, rubbish bin collection and traffic issues.

A petition signed by residents with similar concerns was presented to the shire last year when applications were made for multi-storey units for numbers 4 and 18 Heath Road. The shire rejected that petition, believing the applicants had addressed residents’ concerns.

The decision on the latest application comes two weeks after the Hills Gazette reported there was a high demand for one and two-bedrooms units in the shire, but a short supply.

The shortage has pushed up rental and purchase prices for units across the region.

One three-bedroom unit across the road at 15 Heath Road is now being advertised for rent at $510 a week.

Figures released by RP Data last month showed that units in the Perth Hills were being snatched up in record time ” just 22 days after going on the market.

Provincial Real Estate principal Ben Ciocca said long-term Kalamunda residents were looking to downsize, but remain in the Perth Hills.