Residents approve review of approval for Quinns Rocks unit development

Royal James Court residents outside the controversial development site.       Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d443613
Royal James Court residents outside the controversial development site.       Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d443613

RESIDENTS have welcomed a review of the approvals process for a 23-unit development on Royal James Court in Quinns Rocks.

City of Wanneroo planning and sustainability director Philip St John said some residents had questioned aspects of the approvals process.

“On this basis, we have decided to conduct an independent review to ensure transparency and accountability,” he said.

Michelle Major-Goldsmith said she and other residents had first raised concerns about the development in their cul-de-sac six months ago.

While their complaints and a review of how the development gained approval had delayed construction, she said the blocks would probably still be developed.

“It might make a difference for other people going forward,” she said.

With the review still under way, Mr St John said other issues raised included the number of units, parking, noise, fill levels, retaining walls and construction management.

“Ongoing compliance issues are being dealt with as they arise by the City’s compliance team,” he said. “We have also engaged a licensed land surveyor to ensure that levels on site are accurate and consistent, (who) has confirmed that onsite levels are consistent with the development application.”

After residents complained to the council about the approvals and lack of consultation in June, Handle Property Group project manager Gary Lee told the Times that the zoning allowed apartments.

Mr Lee said the luxury development would have 23 one, two and three-bedroom homes, most with “panoramic ocean views”.