DAP approves 84 Nicheliving townhouses in Tapping

An artist's impression of Nicheliving's townhouse proposal for Tapping.
An artist's impression of Nicheliving's townhouse proposal for Tapping.

AN $11.76 million, 84-dwelling development in Tapping received planning approval this week amid concerns about parking and rubbish collection.

The Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel approved Taylor Burrell Barnett’s application for 20 Clarkson Avenue, which is owned by Freshlink Export, on Monday.

An artist’s impression of Nicheliving’s townhouses.

The Nicheliving plans for the 1.9ha include 70 two-storey and 14 single-storey grouped dwellings with double garages, as well as a sales office.

City of Wanneroo staff had originally recommended the application be refused because there was insufficient visitor parking, particularly near houses in the south-east corner.

It also recommended refusal because the waste management plan could not accommodate the City’s 10m long waste collection trucks.

Negotiations resulted in the applicant submitting a revised waste management plan and reconfiguring parking to provide one extra bay, providing 22 on-street bays and 12 onsite bays within the development.

During public consultation, the City received four submissions that all objected to the development, raising concerns about increased traffic in the area, insufficient parking and visual privacy concerns.

Panel member and Wanneroo Councillor Frank Cvitan raised concerns about whether the waste management plan could accommodate a three-bin system, which the council is due to consider tonight.

“It hasn’t been approved by council yet, but if it is, there may be some ramifications for this development,” he said.

The City’s approval services manager Greg Bowering said the City’s waste services manager had factored it into the assessment and a condition requiring a waste management plan and advice note would cover that issue.

Cr Cvitan also raised concerns that visitor parking bays were not located outside many houses.

Mr Bowering said they could not see an effective way to increase visitor bays without changing the overall layout which “might not have been palatable to the applicant”.

The five-member panel, chaired by acting presiding member Sheryl Chaffer, supported the alternative recommendation to approve the development with 14 conditions.

Specialist panel members Karen Hyde and Fred Zuideveld were apologies for the July 1 meeting as they had disclosures of interest.

Ms Hyde’s was a direct pecuniary interest as consultant for the applicant Taylor Burrell Barnett and Mr Zuideveld had an indirect pecuniary interest as the architect for the application.

Representatives from Taylor Burrell Barnett said the development would be built in three stages and sold as house and land packages.

The panel also recently conditionally approved plans for a $2.5 million, 24/7 Liberty roadhouse on the corner of Cowle Street and Gnangara Road in Landsdale.

An artist’s impression of the Liberty roadhouse.