Three-storey Duncraig development offering ‘apartments for life’ approved

Artist impression of proposed Duncraig residential development.
Artist impression of proposed Duncraig residential development.

A THREE-STOREY Duncraig development offering “apartments for life” has been approved.

The Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel endorsed Carine Developments’ $4.2 million project at 449, 451 and 453 Beach Road at its September 1 meeting.

MJA Studio architect Sophie Bottcher described the 21-unit complex as “extremely well located” close to transport and shops.

She said the townhouses would have a minimum of two bedrooms and the facility incorporated a roof deck and outdoor living space for social interaction.

The site has a dual density coding of R20/R60 and is in the City of Joondalup’s housing opportunity area.

Joondalup councillor Philippa Taylor queried the parking provisions and the City confirmed there was a one bay shortfall overall but it was satisfied as each dwelling would have its own bay.

Specialist member John Syme was pleased with the design apart from the lack of areas exposed to sun, which Ms Bottcher said was a reason for including a roof deck.City planning services manager Chris Leigh said adjoining landowners had been consulted and acknowledged they were worried about the building height, that it was not in keeping with the suburb, potential privacy issues and associated noise, but the City considered the development appropriate.

Councillor Christine Hamilton-Prime praised the “very attractive design” and said it would help with residential infill.

Cr Taylor said the proposal was in line with State Government housing initiatives.

“It’s suitable for our ageing population to be 200m from Carine shops,” she said.

Panel members unanimously supported the project subject to conditions, including the City’s approval of detailed landscaping, security and access management and rubbish collection plans before development.

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