15 Springvale Drive, Warwick – Grouped Dwelling (Four Two-storey Dwellings)

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Development application number: DA21/0527

The City has received and is currently assessing a planning application for the above.

A copy of the development plans can be viewed below.

As this proposal is considered to have a minimal impact on the broader area surrounding the subject property, notification letters relating to the proposal have only been sent to a selection of landowners and occupiers in the property’s immediate vicinity.

Higher density development in the City’s Housing Opportunity Areas is to meet the requirements of the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 3, Development in Housing Opportunity Areas Local Planning Policy, and the State planning policy Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (R-Codes). Both policies are divided up into different ‘design elements’ (for example; site area, street setbacks, street walls and fences, open space, building height, parking, landscaping).

For all ‘design elements’, there are objectives that need to be met. There are two different ways that can be used to assess if the objectives are being met – known as ‘deemed-to-comply standards’ and ‘design principles’.

If the proposal meets the deemed-to-comply standards, it is automatically considered to meet the objective and should be approved in accordance with the requirements of the R-Codes.

Where the deemed-to-comply standards are not met, this does not necessarily mean that the proposal does not meet the objective. Instead, the City needs to exercise some judgement (referred to as ‘discretion’) in considering whether the proposal meets the design principles, which may result in a better built form outcome than a proposal which has met the ‘deemed-to-comply’ requirements.

In this circumstance, the applicant is asking the City to exercise discretion with regards to the following design elements:

Unit One

  • Reduced lot boundary setbacks to the north, south and west.
  • Boundary wall to more than one boundary.
  • Increased boundary wall length to the south.
  • Increased boundary wall height (average) to the west boundary (internal).
  • Size of windows to the bed two, bed three and activity.
  • Reduced room dimensions for living area.
  • Percentage of blank façades and vehicle access to the street.
  • Vehicle access from the primary street where communal access exists.
  • Retaining wall (excavation) greater than 0.5m to the street boundary.
  • Reduced solar protection (eaves) to the north.
  • Reduced storage area.

Unit Two

  • Reduced lot boundary setbacks to the south.
  • Boundary wall to more than one boundary.
  • Increased boundary wall height to the south and west boundary (internal).
  • Room without operable window (Pdr).
  • Size of windows to bed one and living.
  • Reduced room dimensions for bed, bed two and bed three.
  • Reduced street setback to car parking area.
  • Reduced outdoor living area dimension.
  • Retaining wall (excavation) greater than 0.5m to the street boundary.
  • Reduced visual privacy setback to the north.
  • Reduced solar protection (eaves) to the north and east.
  • Reduced storage dimension.

Unit 3

  • Reduced lot boundary setbacks to the north and south.
  • Boundary wall to more than one boundary.
  • Room without operable window (Pdr).
  • Size of windows to bed two, bed three and activity.
  • Reduced distance between openings within master bed.
  • Reduced room dimensions for bed three and living.
  • Reduced surveillance over communal accessway.
  • No separate pedestrian access.
  • Retaining wall over 1.5m setback 0m on the western lot boundary.
  • Reduced solar protection (eaves) to the north and west.

Unit 4

  • Boundary wall to more than one boundary.
  • Increased boundary wall length to the south (internal).
  • Increased boundary wall height (average) to the east boundary (internal).
  • Room without operable window (Bath).
  • Size of windows to the bed two, bed three and activity.
  • No separate pedestrian access.
  • Major openings (master bed) less than 2.5m from common property.
  • Retaining wall over 1.5m setback 0m on the western and northern lot boundary.

You may wish to provide a submission on the proposal, as a written comment, by Thursday 9 December 2021.

Submissions can be made via the online Planning Consultation Submission Form below, an email or via post to P.O. Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919.

Submissions will be considered as part of the overall decision-making process.

You can submit your comments on this planning application using the online form below.

Planning Consultation Submission Form