$2 million apartment complex for Tuart Trail, Edgewater refused

Artist impressions of the 14-unit proposal at Tuart Trail, Edgewater.
Artist impressions of the 14-unit proposal at Tuart Trail, Edgewater.

A TWO-storey apartment complex in Edgewater has been unanimously refused by the Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP).

The 14-unit development across 7 and 56 Tuart Trail, valued at $2 million, proposed 11 two-bedroom and three one-bedroom dwellings with a single vehicle access point from Tuart Trail, 18 on-site car parking bays with 14 for residents and four for visitors and another five visitor bays within the verge.

It went before the Metro North-West JDAP on November 9 and was recommended for refusal by the City of Joondalup.

It follows a previous meeting in September where the panel deferred its decision to address design concerns.

The City advertised the amended plans in October with 16 submissions received, all objecting to the proposal.

Concerns raised included the development not in keeping with the existing streetscape, the amount of parking, the impact of trees on sightlines and an increase in traffic.

Though the meeting document states the revised proposal “largely met” the requirements of the State Government’s R-Codes and the City’s policies, it “failed to meet a number of objectives in relation to the development’s compatibility with its local context, its impact on amenity and its quality of design”.

“The City considers the majority of the matters to be rectified as part of the deferral have not been adequately addressed and it is therefore recommended that the proposal be refused,” it said.

Reasons included the development did “not incorporate appropriate consideration of the local context and character of the area”, did not provide “passive environmental design measures”, “lacks an adequate level of internal amenity” and was “inadequate with regard to creativity, design integrity and detail”.

The width of the internal vehicle access way also did not comply with the Australian standard.

The City still faces two appeals at the State Administrative Tribunal for the 14 apartments proposed across 50 and 52 Littorina Avenue in Heathridge and again across 1 and 3 Chipala Court in Edgewater.

And another two new applications are due to come before the panel soon – 12 apartments across 80 and 82 Trailwood Drive in Woodvale and across 9 and 11 Ruthven Place in Duncraig.