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 Planning Solutions.

    Where is this development located?

    The development comprises of four (4) lots being No.16 & 18 Betty Street and No.73 & 75 Doonan Road, Nedlands.

    What is proposed?

    The proposal seeks to redevelop the subject site for a new four (4) storey Residential Aged Care Facility comprising of 90 aged care rooms with an incidental café,  wellness centre and other multi-purpose rooms, specifically for residents.  

    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 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 City's Local 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 will the application for development be assessed?

    The application will be assessed against the ten principles of good design contained in State Planning Policy 7.0 – Design of the Built Environment which places considerable weight on amenity impacts, as does the City’s Local Planning Scheme No.3 and City's Local Planning Policy on Residential Aged Care Facilities.  

    How long would any approval be valid for?

    If approved, 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.

    If the application is refused, what happens next?

    If refused, the applicant has a right of appeal by the State Administrative Tribunal in accordance with Part 14 of the Planning and Development Act 2005.  

    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.


    What is the zone for the site?

    The site is zoned 'Residential ' under the City of Nedlands Local Planning Scheme No.3.

    What is proposed land use for this development?

    The proposed land use is a 'Residential Aged Care Facility'

    When was the land rezoned to allow for an Additional Use?

    The draft Local Planning Scheme 3 was adopted by Council in December 2016, modified as required by the Western Australian Planning Commission in October 2017, advertised from December 2017 to March 2018 and presented to Council for final consideration in July 2018. In each instance, the use was identified and advertised for Residential Aged Care purposes and was ultimtately approved by the Minister for Planning and publshed in the Government  gazette on 16 April 2019.  

    Are there any other provisions that apply to this site?

    Yes. The subject lot has an Additional Use (A9) for a 'Residential Aged Care Facility' which is a 'P' use for the site. This means that the use is permitted if it complies with any relevant development standards and requirements of the City's Local Planning Scheme No.3

Building Height

    How many storeys are each of the proposed buildings?

    The proposed development will comprise of 4 storeys at its peak height with a proposed predominant 3 storey interface to both Betty Street and Doonan Road.  

    What shadow will the proposed building create?

    According to the applicant's report, the shadow cast by the proposed development at midday 21st June  will cover 22.5% of the adjoining property to the south.

Traffic & Parking

    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.  

    How many parking bays are proposed?

    A total of 26 car parking bays are proposed which include 2 ACROD bays.

Other Matters

    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.

    How will waste be managed?

    A waste truck is proposed to enter and exit the development site in forward gear. All bins are located and proposed to be collected within the development site.

    Will any consideration be given to residential amenity?

    The application will be assessed against the ten principles of good design contained in State Planning Policy 7.0 – Design of the Built Environment which places considerable weight on amenity impacts, as does the City’s Local Planning Scheme No.3 and City's Local Planning Policy on Residential Aged Care Facilities.  

    What are the hours of operation?

    The facility is proposed to be operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week