North Beach development gets DAP approval despite resident concerns

The development on Lawley Street during construction in October. Photo: Martin Kennealey
The development on Lawley Street during construction in October. Photo: Martin Kennealey

CHANGES to a North Beach development gained approval despite concern from nearby residents.

Owner NS Property Developments submitted amended plans to the Metro North-West Joint Development following a refusal of its previous application last year.

The developer had started works that were different to what had been approved for the Lawley Street and Flora Terrace development.

Lawley Street resident Michael Kerklaan spoke on behalf of several neighbours and raised concerns about a lack of “rendered texture finish” on the eastern boundary wall, lack of screening on the south side that affected a resident’s privacy and difference between fencing panels used.

He said they were seeking a high standard finish and wanted to see a similar external finish of fin blades used on the southern wall as would be installed on the eastern and western sides.

“We’ve seen some quite positive progress on the east and west sides,” he said.

“We want fin blades considered for the southern elevation too.”

Harden Jones Architects director Giles Harden Jones said the rendered texture finish proposed for the southern wall in the previous application was a generic term and could refer to a texture paint finish.

“We’re happy to go on site and add any touches needed,” he said.

Deputy presiding member Ray Haeren said the issues raised regarding appearance of walls and fencing could not be dealt with by the panel and was a non-compliance matter to be followed up separately.

“From my perspective, it’s about getting a practical solution,” he said.

Presiding member Karen Hyde added a condition that required vegetation be provided on the southern elevation to screen external fixtures and pipe work.

The panel voted unanimously for approval and City of Stirling councillor David Boothman said it represented an “improved outcome”.

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