THE Royal Australian Air Force Association WA (RAAFA) says it will provide more options for seniors looking for housing after its application to demolish its clubrooms and replace it with a seven-storey residential building was approved.
The Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) ticked off on the $35 million development within the Air Force Memorial Estate in Bull Creek on June 14.
The building includes 57 independent living units, with the ground floor incorporating a new club house with a restaurant, cafe, bar and bowling club room.
RAAFA WA chief executive John Murray said the building would provide appropriately designed apartments for seniors who wished to live in a safe community where services were available to support them as they aged.
“The rebuilding of the club amenity is an important part of the essence of what RAAFA represents for many of its members, irrespective of whether they are veterans or members from the broader community,” he said.
“The benefits of living in a village such as Air Force Memorial Estate are many, including the significant reduction of stress related to maintaining your own home, and the opportunity to develop new relationships and have involvement in community activities.
“Whilst our roots are as an ex-service organisation, you do not need to be ex-service to live on a RAAFA estate.”
Several members of the JDAP commented positively on the development’s design principles before passing it unanimously.
Seven members of the public made submissions objecting to the proposal because of issues such as the building height and visual privacy although some members of the panel said there was some misunderstanding about the proposal.