Mixed emotions in Nedlands over the City’s new LPS3

Local resident Guy Churchill Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au   d490497b
Local resident Guy Churchill Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d490497b

NEDLANDS’ 34-year-old town planning scheme will be replaced, causing a flurry of emotions for residents and Mayor Max Hipkins.

“We said we wanted to discuss the LPS3 further with the State Government but they didn’t come back to us – instead they just came back with an instruction,” Mr Hipkins said.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti announced this week the scheme will enable more housing choice and higher residential density around transport areas, including the Dalkeith neighbourhood centre on Waratah Avenue, sections of Stirling Highway, UWA and the QEII.

Mr Hipkins said the City agreed to advertise an LPS3 with a 4400 density increase, but the government asked them to promote a plan with an increase to 9000.

“We weren’t happy with the alternative that was put to us so we decided not to support any scheme,” said Mr Hipkins.

The new LPS3 includes a reduced number of about 6000 dwelling units.

Mr Hipkins said although the plan called for less than 9000, it was still “unsatisfactory”.

“The minister said we refused to cooperate but once we decided not to support the scheme, it was taken out of our hands, and we didn’t have any opportunity to negotiate,” he said.

However, Dalkeith architect Sandy Anghie disagreed saying the planned density increase in Dalkeith and Nedlands was in fact needed to accommodate the population diversity in both suburbs.

Ms Anghie said that in Dalkeith, just under 50 per cent of households comprised couples with children, and the rest were couples without kids, single parents, families or people living alone.

“Gone are the days with a typical family being two or three plus kids – there is a growing number of single person households, and smaller families and couples that really aren’t catered for with the exiting housing typology,” she said.

“A lot of people like to downsize but stay in the suburbs, but there are not a lot of options available at the moment, so to cater for everyone you need increased density.”.

Nedlands Electors Association chairman Guy Churchill said the State Government created a “lazy” plan where Hollywood areas including Monash Avenue, Hardy Road, Clifton Street, Meriwa Street and Williams Road were most impacted by density zoning.

“The dense character and heritage area of Hollywood, which I live in, contains streets full of 1920 to 1940 houses, and has been earmarked for destruction with the potential for six to nine-storey developments among single-level houses,” he said.

“The minister claims she has ‘protected the character’ of Nedlands, but she has clearly not informed herself what the Nedlands character is in the area.”