Five-storey plan ‘ridiculous’

Faye Dhue, Paul Druitt and Mike and Chrissy Kneebone at the site of the proposed fivestorey retirement complex. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au d399109
Faye Dhue, Paul Druitt and Mike and Chrissy Kneebone at the site of the proposed fivestorey retirement complex. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au d399109

Detailed area plans generally apply to developments that may be completed in stages over several years, outlining the general proposal or concept for the development.

The plan relates to Lot 7, 17 Angelico Street, owned by the nearby Our Lady of Holy Rosary Church, which is zoned ‘private institution’ under the City of Stirling’s planning scheme.

A retirement complex is a permitted use on the land under the scheme.

But nearby residents are furious over the proposed 47-bedroom development, and have banded together in an attempt to convince the City to reject the detailed area plan.

The Woodlands Action Group, formed in response to the development, assembled a 639-signature petition that was submitted to the City three weeks ago, and since then a further 400 signatures have been obtained against the plan.

The petition calls on the City to limit the building height to two storeys, widen setbacks to ensure road safety risks for schoolchildren and the elderly are not made worse, and to ensure parking for all|occupants and visitors is provided.

It further states that allowances should be made for retention of more trees and protection of endangered species’ habitats.

WAG member Mike Kneebone’s property overlooks the site and he believes the development will have a huge impact on the amenity of the local area.

‘It’s going a full storey higher than my house’