5-storey, $15m Mindarie apartment approved by JDAP

THE North West Metropolitan development assessment panel approved changes to plans for a $15 million, five-storey apartment block in Mindarie this week.

Neighbouring residents voiced ongoing concerns about the proposed development at the April 10 meeting and the panel gave conditional approval for the amended plans, submitted by TPG Town Planning on behalf of Mindarie Management Pty Ltd.

The panel had originally approved the 50-unit development on Alexandria View last August, then received revised plans in November.

Following presentations on rubbish collection and vehicle access by residents at a meeting in February, the panel deferred making a decision for six weeks to allow the City of Wanneroo staff and applicant to negotiate changes.

Those included containing all rubbish collection within the development, rather than on Medway Lane and resulted in a revised plan that allows rubbish trucks to reverse into the bin storage area.

At the April 10 meeting, Medway Lane neighbours asked for further changes to minimise the noise and odour impact of rubbish collection, which led panel members to include a condition for a 3m wall alongside their property.

Stockton Lane neighbours reiterated concerns about their ability to reverse out of a garage and lines of sight for vehicles exiting and entering the upper carpark of the future development.

While the panel agreed to add a condition to reduce the number of visitor bicycle bays from 12 to 6 to improve permeability, it did not seek changes to the location of the carpark access.

During discussion, TPG associate Dan Lees said the amended plans provided more space for the neighbours to reverse than the plans approved in August had.

Mr Lees said the 5.7m distance between the garage and access was “significantly greater” than the originally approved 4.8m.

To address residents’ concerns about a landscaping strip between the buildings becoming a public thoroughfare, the panel amended one of the original conditions to require 2.4m fencing around it.

Oldfield Knott Architects designed the M/30 apartments, which will have 10 single bedroom units and 20 each with two and three bedrooms.