Neighbours petition council to reject first of its kind development

City of Melville administration building.
City of Melville administration building.

MELVILLE council is expected to make a call on a proposed development in Ardross that has ruffled some neighbours’ feathers.

The proposal is for the single house at 5 Grimsay Road to be knocked down in favour of six multiple dwellings – a first for the neighbourhood.

Two dwellings are proposed for the ground floor and four dwellings are set for the first floor, two of which have a rooftop terrace, for the development which is in a R40 zone.

The council received a petition signed by 100 residents late last year, asking it to reject the proposal on the basis it did not comply with state planning R codes in respect to parking, the proposed driveway, the pedestrian footpath and visual privacy.

Two neighbours made a joint deputation to the council on March 3, citing concerns with its plot ratio of 0.69 which was above the allowable 0.6 and its impact on traffic.

City officers have stated they believe the development meets state planning codes.

CF Town Planning and Development director Carlo Famiano told council last week a massive amount of work had gone into the development.

Councillors asked Mr Famiano if the number of dwellings could be reduced to five. He said the project would fall apart financially if that happened.

City statutory planning manager Peter Prendergast told councillors there were no other multiple dwellings in the area but a change to the local planning scheme in 2016 to allow for the area to be zoned R40 related to its proximity to Riseley Street.

City officers have recommended the development be approved when the council meets on March 17.