North-West Metropolitan Development Assessment Panel to review Gnangara retirement village proposal

North-West Metropolitan Development Assessment Panel to review Gnangara retirement village proposal

AN application for a retirement village in Gnangara will be reviewed by the North-West Metropolitan Development Assessment Panel on Tuesday.

Lakelands Country Club previously had its proposal for a retirement village on the club site rejected by the panel on February 8.

The matter has returned to the panel following an appeal by the applicant to the State Administrative Tribunal and subsequent mediation process.

A report by the City of Wanneroo reaffirmed its prior decision to refuse the application for the same reasons, including that the urban nature of the development is inconsistent with the area’s rural zoning and it is premature given the area is only identified as potential urban under the East Wanneroo Structure Plan and more investigation is needed.

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“Higher level structure planning must be undertaken in order to ensure orderly and proper planning of the broader area,” it said.

“This will ensure the best outcome for East Wanneroo and its residents rather than encouraging piecemeal development.”

The City also submitted an alternative recommendation if the proposal is supported by the panel, which includes 26 conditions.

A second report by the WA Planning Commission agreed the development should be refused because it is inconsistent with State planning policies, premature and will affect the rural amenity of the surrounding area, though it also includes an alternative for approval subject to six conditions.

At the same meeting, the panel will consider an amendment to a mixed use development in Alkimos that was approved at its April 22 meeting.

The City of Wanneroo recommends endorsing changes to the $17.5 million development on Longstaff Avenue, which include reducing the number of car bays by seven and retail net lettable area by 29sq m, adding a 3m high acoustic wall along the southern boundary of the childcare centre and increasing the height and service area of the supermarket.

It also supports amendments to the third application being presented to the panel, which is for a convenience store, lunch bar and car wash on Mullingar Way in Landsdale that was approved in 2015.

Owner Landsdale Central is seeking to remove a condition requiring construction of a 1.8m high noise barrier and modifying the condition regarding compliance with noise regulations.