The Housing Authority (Housing) is proposing the development of Lot 200 Ashton Avenue, Claremont. The site is a 2,326m2 vacant lot owned by Housing, which was formed by the amalgamation of three lots following the demolition of three old social housing dwellings.
The proposed development is located in the Town of Claremont on the corner of Ashton and Mofflin Avenues. The site is located in close proximity to a number of amenities and services including the Claremont showgrounds, Claremont Football Club, Loch Street Train Station and the Ashton Avenue Local Centre.
Ashton Avenue is a main arterial road. Mofflin Avenue provides an important connection between Loch Street Station and Claremont showgrounds.
Why is Housing proposing this development?
The proposed development is considered a great opportunity to produce well-designed, appropriate and affordable homes in an area with established community infrastructure, services and excellent transport connections.
Claremont, like many inner city suburbs lacks affordable and diverse housing options. Opportunities to downsize or age in place are limited, as well as a lack of opportunities for first home buyers.
Housing believes that good quality, affordable homes should be found in all areas of Perth, not just restricted to the outer suburbs. Critical to achieving this is the provision of high-quality infill density in areas with appropriate amenity and access to public transport.
State Government context
The State Government’s Affordable Housing Strategy 2010-2020: Opening Doors to Affordable Housing aims to provide people with access to affordable housing. The Government is committed to providing affordable homes across the State, including suburbs such as Claremont.
Housing’s key strategic target is for 60 per cent of its developments to be medium and higher density or transit-orientated. This will also assist in fulfilling objectives under the WA Planning Commission’s PerthandPeel@3.5million draft Strategic Planning Frameworks.
Specifically, the draft Central Sub-regional Planning Framework focuses on achieving higher densities of employment and residential development within built-up environments, while making better use of established infrastructure over the long term. The subject site is located within the Loch Street and Karrakatta ’Station Precinct’ which aims to create a high amenity urban environment.
What is proposed for the site?
Housing aims to deliver diverse and thriving communities through its innovative developments. The proposed development has been designed as a high quality, three-storey contemporary building, consisting of approximately 25 apartments.
All one-bedroom apartment designs are ‘silver standard’ under the liveable housing guidelines, with the intention of meeting the needs of residents with restricted mobility and access requirements.
The design includes a mix of studio, one and two bedroom apartments. While the housing mix has not yet been finalised, Housing may retain up to 10 per cent for social housing, 20 per cent for affordable (shared equity) housing, and the balance sold to the open market.
The site’s proximity to the Loch Street train station will connect future residents with the convenience of public transport within walking distance. In respect to parking, resident parking bays will be provided on-site and concealed from the street. Six on-street visitor bays will be provided in addition.
JCY Architect’s impression drawing for the proposed development in Claremont
Town of Claremont
In 2012, the Town of Claremont adopted their Housing Capacity Study prepared in response to the increasing need to respond to housing pressures throughout metropolitan Perth and targets for infill housing identified by the State Government.
What planning approvals are required?
Under the Planning and Development Act 2005 and the Public Works Act 1902 the proposed development is considered a ‘public work’. This means that Housing is exempt from seeking development approval from the local government, although approval is required from the WA Planning Commission under the Metropolitan Region Scheme following consultation with the Town of Claremont.
The final height and scale of the proposed development will be subject to detailed design and planning requirements. As it stands, the proposed development plans exceed the minimum R-Code requirements for privacy setbacks and therefore does not overshadow or overlook any adjacent properties.
Housing has engaged the services of JCY Architects to design and plan the proposed development. Find out more about JCY Architects and their projects by visiting their website.
At this point the site remains a proposed development, while Housing seeks the required approvals from the WA Planning Commission under the Metropolitan Region Scheme following consultation with the Town of Claremont.
As part of its public consultation process, the Town of Claremont recently wrote to nearby landowners seeking to provide comment on the proposal. In October 2016, the Town of Claremont’s Council will consider the proposal and submissions received in making a recommendation to the WA Planning Commission.
Want to be kept informed?
If you would like to be sent information on the proposed development as plans progress please register your email at AshtonAvenue@communities.wa.gov.au.