Woodvale higher density plan deflated

The Woodvale development site.
The Woodvale development site.

AN increase in residential density for a Woodvale development has been rejected by City of Wanneroo councillors.

Dynamic Planning and Developments, on behalf of Watson Property Group, had sought an amendment to the City’s Woodvale Agreed Structure Plan to increase the residential coding of the site, on Wanneroo Road south of Prindiville Drive, which would allow for 98 dwellings instead of 50.

A City report recommended the area be recoded to R60 but not the higher R80 zoning; but Cr Dot Newton introduced an alternative at Tuesday’s council meeting objecting.

She said it was not a suitable location for higher density and believed it would have negative impacts on the adjacent Yellagonga Regional Park.

“To me, it’s going to create a community with absolutely no facilities, no open spaces,” she said.

Cr Dianne Guise agreed, saying that the increased density was designed to be around “true activated spaces”.

“I just don’t believe this is the right place for it,” she said.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said she was also concerned with the environmental impacts of the decision.

Councillors unanimously supported the alternative recommendation to not approved the change because of a lack of nearby services and facilities, potential detrimental impact on Yellagonga and possible adverse impacts created by additional traffic.

City acting planning and sustainability director Mark Dickson reminded councillors that development was already permissible on the site.

“This amendment is only increasing the residential density to R80,” he said.

The site is shown as stage four of the Chianti Private Estate master plan.