Townhouse plan for Duncraig shows way on infill

An artist's impression of the approved development on Methuen Way, Duncraig.
An artist's impression of the approved development on Methuen Way, Duncraig.

BUILDING three town houses across three lots in Duncraig is a good example of infill development, according to a Joondalup councillor.

The $2.8 million project, unanimously approved by the Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel yesterday, will include 12 two-storey three-bedroom dwellings across 14, 16 and 18 Methuen Way, totalling 2100m sq.

Pinnacle Planning director Ben Carter said townhouses were chosen because they would create a “closer visual outcome” and not be in “such a stark contrast” to other infill developments recently proposed.

He said while the lots were still separately titled, it would be considered one development but the timing could be staged.

However, panel members voted to require the lots be amalgamated to allow for better control.

Planning services manager Chris Leigh said this part of Duncraig, which is part of a City of Joondalup housing opportunity area, was “undergoing fairly rapid change”.

“A number of developments in close proximity have been completed or are under construction and the character relevant to those is quite similar,” he said.

“And townhouses complement the character of the previous and existing housing stock.”

He said it showed a balance between the present and the future of the area.

Cr Christine Hamilton-Prime said it was “an overall attractive development”.

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“It demonstrates a good example of how increasing housing density can be achieved without undue detrimental impact on surrounding amenity,” she said.

However, she urged the verge parking to be controlled with permits given its closeness to Warwick train station.

She also encouraged the developer to use native species in the landscaping, which would be more waterwise.

Ch Philippa Taylor also requested to help the developer and neighbouring resident at number 12 with any issues regarding a retaining wall by providing information for mediation if needed.