Residents rally against high density apartments in Edgewater

Concerned Edgewater residents have objected to a proposal for 14 apartments in Chipala Court.
Concerned Edgewater residents have objected to a proposal for 14 apartments in Chipala Court.

MORE than 100 residents rallied outside 1 and 3 Chipala Court in Edgewater last month to object to a proposal for 14 apartments across the two lots.

The meeting allowed residents to see the site and discuss the discretions the developer is seeking.

Edgewater Community Residents Association secretary Beth Hewitt said these included reduced setbacks, increased building height and using the verge for parking.

In September, the council deferred its decision on the proposal to allow the applicant to amend the design to address the concerns that were raised.

The applicant appealed the decision at the State Administrative Tribunal but submitted a revised application, which will be assessed by the Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel on July 12.

The proposal is a result of the area having a density coding of R20/R40 as part of Housing Opportunity Area 8.

The City of Joondalup has 10 of these areas that aim to increase density in areas near train stations, public transport and shopping centres to meet State Government infill targets.

“The residents of Edgewater, particularly those within the HOA8, are very concerned about the increase of density within our suburb,” Mrs Hewitt said.

“The current proposals in Chipala Court and Tuart Trail, Edgewater are just an indication of how intense the density increase will be.

“Each proposal is for 14 units over two normal house blocks.

“The size and bulk of these buildings, the way they are pushed out to the boundaries of the blocks and the increase in traffic in quiet cul de sacs are all a concern for the neighbours.

“Trees are being lost in the name of progress and this will bring with it a heat sink effect well into the future.”

The development proposed across 7 and 56 Tuart Trail will be advertised to affected landowners and considered by the Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel at a future meeting.

Another proposal to soon come before the panel is for 12 units across 14, 16 and 18 Methuen Way in Duncraig.

This includes demolishing houses on 14 and 16 – 18 is currently vacant – and constructing four two-storey grouped dwellings on each lot.

Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton, who attended the Edgewater meeting, said many residents had raised concerns regarding the consultation process that resulted in these areas.

“It is clear local residents want to be consulted on the way in which the City of Joondalup meets infill targets,” she said.

“The State Government is committed to good quality density at appropriate locations.”

The City is currently in the process of appointing consultants to help with its work into the ongoing density and infill development issues, which will include extensive community consultation.