|Posted by Ian Thurston on January 10, 2017 at 8:55 PM|
Work on the talking point of Banjup continues. The 2 storey mansion in Chinese ‘Siheyuan’ style - “a courtyard surrounded by buildings on all four sides” is now roofed and dominates the corner of Beenyup and Coffey. The building will measure 50 metres by 40 metres and occupy almost all of its building envelope It will have 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms with 13 toilets, 5 staircases, and 4 lifts.
Work has started on the second lot at the site. It will be a 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom single storey ‘Siheyuan’ style residence. The building will also measure 50 by 40 metres.
The owner of the 3 lots has made applications to build a large single storey residence on the third lot on the site of the old house that will be demolished.
The first application was for a 10 bedroom, 10 bathroom single storey ‘Siheyuan’ style residence, again occupying 50 by 40 metres. The application was rejected by the Department of Water because of concerns about over-loading the groundwater in the immediate area with the outflow from 28 toilets.
The second, December 2016, application is for a building of the same size and design as the first application but some of the bedrooms have been combined into ‘Home Theatre’, ‘Sauna’, ‘Study’, and ‘Granny Flat’. There will be 5 bedrooms and 8 toilets. Whether this development will be approved by Cockburn remains to be seen.
Planning rules require that these residences be for the accommodation of one family each. The definition of a ‘family’ is not clear.
Your Committee remains concerned that these buildings might not be used by single families. It is unclear how the City of Cockburn will ensure compliance with the rules once they are all built and in use.
You can download the BRG's latest submission here.