Developers keen to put their case forward on Gnangara retirement village

Developers keen to put their case forward on Gnangara retirement village

A PROPOSED retirement village in Gnangara is the subject of a special electors meeting in Wanneroo this week.

Lakelands Country Club and developer Handle Property Group applied to the North West Metropolitan Development Assessment Panel (DAP) in February to build the facility, but it was rejected.

Club president John Alchin said following an appeal to the State Administration Tribunal and subsequent mediation process, the application will be reconsidered by the panel next month.

He said previous requests to meet with Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and councillors were refused, so they obtained signatures from more than 100 residents asking for the electors meeting.

“We’ve tried from the outset… we tried to present our side of it and why it can be approved,” he said.

“They have two out of the five people on the panel making the decision.

“We just want to put our case to the councillors.”

Mr Alchin and two fellow proponents for the application used public question time at last Tuesday’s council meeting to ask why the council had not wanted to meet with the club.

Mrs Roberts said it was not a matter for the City, despite two councillors forming part of the panel.

“There is no reason for council to be involved,” she said.

“It’s not City of Wanneroo, it’s DAP, which is state planning.

“(The two councillors) are representatives from council, but they are not representative of council.”

The public meeting will be held from 5pm on Thursday at the council chambers.

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