Wanneroo Council approve change of use to allow retirement village on 8ha Wanneroo site

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WANNEROO landowners have welcomed a council decision that could allow a retirement village development on their blocks.

The Wanneroo Council voted in favour of a change to District Planning Scheme 2 after a staff recommendation to refuse the application lapsed for want of a mover at the June 26 meeting.

The decision will allow developers to build a nursing home and retirement village on the four blocks on Dundebar Road and Belgrade Road, totalling 8ha.

A retirement village is proposed for four lots bounded by Dundebar Road, Steven Street and Belgrade Road.

The council decision is subject to the proposed developers, Hall & Prior Health and Aged Care Group and Civcon Civil, establishing a binding legal agreement with the City in regard to developer contributions.

Councillor Frank Cvitan, who successfully moved the alternative recommendation, said east Wanneroo development had been “talked about” for about 15 years with many plans pushed back as they were “premature” in terms of the planning scheme.

Councillors said the proposal, which could have about 400 residents, could help meet the demand for aged care places in the area.

Prior to the council meeting, Burgess Design Group associate director Mark Szabo said the developer needed approval for the additional use to support its application for the next Aged Care Approvals Round and funding for aged care beds.

“This is a competitive process – to have the best chances of success, the support of local government is essential,” he said.

Resident Kate Coughlan welcomed the council decision, which the owners had been working on for three years.