Duncraig: community meeting raises concerns with apartments proposed on Davallia Road

Residents attended an on-site community meeting to express concerns with a four-storey apartment building proposed for 9 and 11 Davallia Road, Duncraig.
Residents attended an on-site community meeting to express concerns with a four-storey apartment building proposed for 9 and 11 Davallia Road, Duncraig.

PRIVACY was one of the main issues raised at a community meeting in Duncraig on Saturday to discuss a four-storey development on Davallia Road.

The on-site meeting was called following community concerns over the proposed 13-unit development, to replace two homes at 9 and 11 Davallia Road.

9 & 11 Davallia Road in Duncraig. Photo: Martin Kennealey

The applicant is seeking nine discretions, including increased building size and height, reduced setbacks, privacy and open space and overshadowing.

Neighbour Denis Charron said if approved, the development would have “six apartments and a rooftop terrace overlooking our family room and our bedroom”.

He said when he attended a Joondalup council meeting in November 2017 he asked if three or four-storey developments could be built on the R40 blocks and he was told under the R-Codes they could not build more than two storeys.

“Imagine my horror when I received a letter from the City advising that a massive four-storey, 13-apartment development was slated for the R40 blocks directly behind us,” he said.

Residents attended an on-site community meeting to express concerns with a four-storey apartment building proposed for 9 and 11 Davallia Road, Duncraig.

Duncraig resident Suzanne Thompson said the community was “upset and surprised” with the proposal.

“This plan is so overblown for the site that to achieve it, the developer is asking for a long list of discretions,” she said.

“They want it to be bigger than the rules allow, higher than the rules allow, closer to the neighbouring properties and encroaching more upon the neighbours’ privacy than the rules allow.

“We must stand up and demand this development is not approved in its current form.”

Duncraig resident Suzanne Thompson addresses the crowd.

She said there would be no benefits to the neighbours, the future residents of the apartments or the community.

Other concerns raised included the proposal not fitting in with the surrounding area, traffic issues particularly opposite the entrance to Carine Glades Shopping Centre, and more broadly with the consultation and communication regarding the City’s review of its approach to infill development, which external consultants are helping with.

Ms Thompson said more than 110 people attended the meeting, along with Joondalup deputy mayor Russell Poliwka and Carine MLA Tony Krsticevic.

Carine MLA Tony Krsticevic and Joondalup deputy mayor Russell Poliwka attended.

“They were supportive and sympathetic but delivered the clear message that the community needs to join together to demand the changes we want to see from all levels of government,” she said.

The City’s consultation on the proposal at 9 and 11 Davallia Road ends tomorrow.

Officers will then use this feedback to compile a report for the Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel, which will assess the application.