A CONTROVERSIAL “overscale” Mt Lawley development has been approved by the City of Stirling after a smaller seven-unit proposal was refused two years ago.
Neighbour Regan Whitby said the approved two- storey, eight-unit development on Central Avenue would affect traffic, access and parking.
“How can seven be over scale and eight not be? I don’t understand how that happens,” Mr Whitby said.
Stirling approvals manager Greg Bowering said the seven-unit proposal was refused because boundary walls were “excessive” and the design did not satisfy character retention guidelines.
“An application to the SAT for review of the City’s (seven-unit) refusal was later dismissed by the SAT and the City’s refusal was reaffirmed,” he said.
“This (eight-unit) application was not determined at council; the determination was issued by an authorised officer under delegated authority.”
Mr Whitby and other residents employed a professional planner to put their submission to the City two years ago,
“I collected 60 signatures for a petition objecting to the (seven-unit) development in 2015,” he said.
“The development is over-scale for the area and it will affect traffic volumes… they will be reversing across four lanes of traffic just to get out of the area.
“This intersection is a horrendous black spot for prangs; there is one every fortnight.”
A spokesman from developer Momentum Wealth said a dual-lane crossover had been incorporated to keep the traffic flowing, as well as 11 car bays.
“This is in addition to 13 marked car bays directly on Central Avenue and other street parking in the vicinity,” he said.
“We have designed the development with the surrounding streetscape and dwellings in mind, incorporating a pitched tiled roof, vertical emphasis and face brick and weatherboard materials, which fits in with the local heritage-style housing.”
Mt Lawley Heritage Society committee member and treasurer Bruce Wooldridge said the scale of the development was not in keeping with the heritage streetscape and would significantly affect neighbouring properties.