About the Development Application

    What is a Development Application (DA)?


    Development Application (DA) is an application made to Council seeking consent to carry out development including construction, demolition, change of use, display of advertising, subdivision, or making alterations or additions to a property or premises. A DA is required so that Council can assess the likely impacts of the proposal.

    Who is the applicant?


    The applicant for this project is Urbanista Town Plannning.

    Where is this development located?


    The development is located on Cooper Street, Nedlands.  The site is currently occupied by a single house. 

    What is proposed?


    The application proposes a multiple dwelling development comprises the following elements:
    • 2 x single bedroom apartments
    • 6 x two bedroom apartments
    • 2 x three bedroom apartments
    • Vehicle access shared with the adjoining property (18 Cooper Street, Nedlands)
    • Communal outdoor space adjoining Cooper Street 

    Why has the City allowed this application to be proposed?


    The City cannot refuse to accept an application for assessment. The City must follow the correct assessment process and will access the application according to the planning process, make a recommendation with the final decision made by the Metro Inner North Joint Development Assessment Panel. 

    What is the City’s view of this application – will it be supported?


    The City follows a process for each Development Application received. The application must be assessed according to the provisions of the Town Planning Scheme, advice will be sought on design quality  and the consultation submissions will be considered prior to the City forming a view on this application.  A recommendation is then presented to to the  Metro Inner North Joint Development Assessment Panel (DAP), who is the final decision maker. The Council have the opportunity to consider the recommendation made to the DAP, but not alter it.

    How long would any approval be valid for?


    Normally, a planning approval is valid for 2 years, unless a different period of time of explicitly set. Currently, all planning approvals are valid for 4 years as a response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. This longer period of time will remain until the current State of Emergency is cancelled.

    How can I make a submission or be heard by the Council or the Development Assessment Panel (DAP) on this matter?


    Submissions can be made on the ‘Your Voice' online submission form. Should you make a submission on the application, you will be notified of the relevant Development Assessment Panel (DAP) meeting and how to apply to make a deputation at the meeting.


    Are there any other provisions that apply to this site?


    The application will be assessed against the relevant provisions of the City’s Local Planning Policies which can be found here(External link), as well as the City's Waste Management Local Planning Policy

Zoning and Land Use

    What is the zone for the site?


    The site is zoned Residential R60 under the City of Nedlands Local Planning Scheme No.3. It located in the Melvista Ward.

    What is proposed land use for this development?


    The proposed land use is Residential, in the form of 10 multiple dwelling units. 

Building Height

    How many storeys is the proposed developement?


    The proposed development will comprise a maximum of 3 storeys, measuring 10.5 metres in height. 

    What shadow will the proposed building create?


    The shadow cast by the proposed development at midday 21st June is split between three adjoining properties:
    • 21 Clark Street - 14.9% of site area overshadowed
    • 23 Clark Street – 0.5% of site area overshadowed
    • 22 Cooper Street – 2.4% of site area overshadowed


    What about the extra traffic that will be generated by this proposed development?


    The application includes a Traffic Impact Statement. The report considers the projected traffic generated from the proposed development and assesses how this fits into the surrounding road network. This report also considers existing and proposed pedestrian and cyclist facilities as well as public transportation availability.  This report is currently being reviewed by the City. 

Amenity and Infrastructure

    Will any consideration be given to residential amenity?


    The application will be assessed against all elements of the Residential Design Codes Volume 2 – Apartments and the ten principles of good design contained in State Planning Policy 7.0 – Design of the Built Environment. These documents place considerable weight on amenity impacts, as does the City’s Local Planning Scheme No.3.

    Can the sewerage mains in the area support all the extra residents?


    Sewerage and water capacity is controlled by Water Corporation. The Corporation manages impacts of new development on its infrastructure in a number of ways. This includes being a party to the state infrastructure committee, which identifies areas where increased development will take place. This allows for new development to be planned for with any new infrastructure required identified and contributed to by the developer or developers that trigger the upgrade. Water Corporation are also required to make comment on developments of this type.