A NEW hotel approved for the Joondalup CBD will be “a stone’s throw” from Joondalup Health Campus.
The $16 million seven-storey development proposed for the corner of Kyle Court and Grand Boulevard was conditionally approved at Monday’s Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel meeting.
The hotel will include six levels of hotel rooms, ground floor cafe, bar and seminar room, rooftop garden, gym, pool, spa and sauna facilities and basement and ground floor car parking.
Resident Trevor Phillips was at the meeting to raise concerns on behalf of the owners and occupiers of Kingsway Heights bound by Archway Street, Kyle Court and Tottenham and Kingsbury roads.
This included the height of the hotel and its impact on residents to the west, with overshadowing and “excessive domination over the generally single-storey landscape”.
He also raised “visual privacy”, saying the private gardens of Kingsway Heights would be overlooked by windows on the west of the hotel.
Joondalup planning services manager Chris Leigh said the height allowed under the City’s draft Joondalup Activity Centre Plan (JACP) was 20.5m (six storeys) and the height of the proposed hotel was 24.45m.
“It is the officers’ view that a 4m difference in height at that scale would not have a significant impact on the surrounding properties,” he said.
He said the draft JACP set a visual privacy setback of 4m and the proposed setback to the northern boundary was 6.6m, which “complies with the development standard”.
Joondalup councillor Philippa Taylor said the city centre should be “designed as a city and not as a suburb”.
“We do need seven levels because it is a city centre. It’s just a stone’s throw from the hospital so it’s going to be a brilliant attribute to the hospital and anyone who wants to go in to Joondalup,” she said.
“At the moment, that area is a bit of a ghost town.”
Mr Leigh recommended a condition requiring a detailed landscaping plan request additional landscaping in the road reserve to what is indicated in the proposed plans, which was unanimously approved.