AN application for a two-storey residential development in Wanneroo has been approved despite objections from some councillors.
The Winship Avenue property owner applied to build 10 two-bedroom units on the 1257sq m site following the City of Wanneroo’s rezoning of the area to R20/R40.
The City recommended approval subject to conditions, which was moved by Councillor Brett Treby at Tuesday’s council meeting.
He acknowledged residents’ concerns regarding the development, with three objections submitted during public consultation, but said it aligned with planning policies and was an opportunity to offer housing diversity.
“This style of development being in the town centre is probably the best place for it,” he said.
Cr Samantha Fenn “reluctantly” seconded the motion as it met planning requirements though recognised some residents were feeling “uncomfortable” and wanted to see developers “not trying to maximise every inch they can”.
Speaking against the development, Cr Dot Newton believed the site was unsuitable for 10 units and 10 parking bays, along with three visitor bays, and disagreed with the plan to provide three 660L general waste and one 660L recycling bin for residents, to be managed and collected by a caretaker.
“I find that offensive; what are these people going to do?” she said.
Cr Newton said she was not against rezoning or infill density but opposed the development size.
“Does it have to be so big? Does it have to be one home replaced with 10?” she said.
Cr Domenic Zappa agreed with parking concerns and said it was similar to issues raised by Girrawheen residents regarding the Strive Loop development approved by the Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel this month.
The recommendation was passed, with Crs Newton, Zappa and Lara Simpkins voting against it.