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Swan not keen on more tiny lots

A CITY of Swan report has recommended the council does not allow an increased number of 80sqm lots to be created in the Ellenbrook town centre.

The proposal to increase the number of micro lots – 80sqm to 99sqm put forward by planners Roberts Day on behalf of developer LWP Property Group was on the city’s agenda at its forum held on Wednesday, July 26.

The city holds agenda forums, which can be attended by councillors, relevant staff and, where appropriate, external consultants.

Residents and others can also give deputations and ask questions on agenda items.

The forums are held a week before the council holds it general meeting where councillors get to vote on development applications.

The proposed modification to development plan No. 5 Ellenbrook town centre – micro lots 80sqm – 99sqm (DP5/G) was deferred by the council at its July 5 meeting so the applicant could provide more information particularly about adjustments to public open space.

The officer’s report said city staff did not support further modifications to the development plan to allow for more 80sqm micro lots at this time.

“Both the council and the Western Australian Planning Commission’s position in 2015 was that this housing type be approved as a trial only and that the design and liveability of a constructed product be satisfactorily demonstrated before further roll out of lots of this size,’’ the report said.

“To date the trial micro-lot product previously approved for the town centre is yet to be constructed.

“It is recommended the council recommend the WAPC approve the proposed modifications to the development plan pertaining to its reformatting, updated mix of dwelling type and rationalisation of public open space areas but that it not support the modification to introduce further micro-lot product.’’

The officer’s report also said the proposed modification would rationalise the amount of public open space within the town centre from 17.44ha (14.5 per cent) to 12.08ha (12.5 per cent) in response to bushfire and drainage requirements.

This week Echo News asked the planning commission if it had started drafting strict development provisions tailored to facilitate development on 80sqm in the absence of appropriate ‘deemed-to-comply’ requirements of the R-codes, locational criteria to include in a planning bulletin and whether the WAPC had a position on the appropriateness of the 80sqm lot homes being considered across the Ellenbrook town centre instead of just on Lot 9292 Pinaster Pde.

Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage acting director general Gail McGowan said in 2015 the planning commission approved a trial small lot development in Ellenbrook with minimum lot sizes of 80sqm.

“The state government recognises the need for choice and diversity of housing to cater for a changing society, and future policy on small lots is being considered in this context.’’

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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