Bickley Crescent is a centre point for access between Manning Road and the suburban area of Manning.

Having access to public transport, public parking, pedestrian and cycle paths, and walkways for both future occupants and local residents is imperative. The Southcare development will become a hub of social and residential activity for the Manning community.

We have received a number of questions regarding traffic, transport and access to the Southcare site and surrounds. Listed below are some of the most ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ regarding this topic.

Q & A

What about the increase in Traffic and Public Access?

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) Transport Impact Assessment Guidelines for Developments (2016) provides the following guidance on the assessment of traffic impacts:

“As a general guide, an increase in traffic of less than 10 percent of capacity would not normally be likely to have a material impact on any particular section of road, but increases over 10 percent may. All sections of road with an increase greater than 10 percent of capacity should therefore be included in the analysis. For ease of assessment, an increase of 100 vehicles per hour for any lane can be considered as equating to around 10 percent of capacity. Therefore, any section of road where development traffic would increase flows by more than 100 vehicles per hour for any lane should be included in the analysis.”

As part of the Development Application Southcare commissioned Transcore https://www.transcore.com/ to undertake a traffic assessment for the proposed redevelopment of the Southcare Manning site at 49-53 Bickley Crescent, Manning. The conclusions of the report are as follows:

  • The site features good connectivity with the existing road and pedestrian network. There is good public transport coverage through nearby bus services.
  • The traffic analysis undertaken in the report shows that the traffic generation of the proposed development is minimal (less than 100vph on any lane) and as such would have insignificant impact on the surrounding road network. Therefore the impact on the surrounding road network is considered to be minimal.

The report concluded that the findings of the Traffic and Access Statement are supportive of the proposed redevelopment and no safety issues were identified within the scope of their assessment.

What about Parking?

A Parking Needs Study was prepared by Transcore on behalf of Southcare Inc. The subject of this report is the proposed redevelopment of the Southcare Manning site at 49-53 Bickley Crescent, Manning.

The proposed redevelopment entails demolition of the three existing residential dwellings on the western portion of the site, and all of the existing Southcare buildings, facilities and amenities on the eastern portion of the site.

The Southcare head office building will be retained as part of the proposal.

It is proposed to construct two residential apartment buildings providing a total of 82 residential units with a community centre and small café. 84 on-site car parking bays will be provided, with 83 bays allocated to residents and 1 bay to the café. 23 public on-street bays will be provided on Bickley Crescent in the post development plan. The parking supply in Southcare head office will increase from 17 bays to 19 bays.

The total proposed parking supply in the study area is in the order of 126 bays.

The temporal parking demand analysis undertaken in this report confirms that the proposed car parking allocation is satisfactory and accommodates the needs of the various component land uses within the study area. The combined peak parking demand is anticipated to be 94 bays at 11:00am.

The peak parking demand for non-residents (residential visitors, Southcare head office, community centre and café parking) is expected to be 39 bays at 11:00am.

The proposed parking allocation within Southcare head office, within the eastern car park for the café and on-street on Bickley Crescent is 43 bays.

Therefore, the proposed parking allocation for non-residential uses and visitors is considered satisfactory to meet the needs of the study area, without reliance on utilising any car parking proposed to be allocated to residents.

The demand for residential parking is anticipated to be 55 bays. However, if the full allocation of 1 bay per unit is required, then the proposed parking will still be satisfactory.

Transcore concluded, this parking needs study was undertaken through a collaborative process with parking survey results and parking analysis informing development of the site plan and the proposed parking allocation. Therefore, the proposed parking supply and allocation satisfactorily meet the needs of the study area.

What about Pedestrian Access?

Pedestrian access to the proposed development is via the existing external footpaths running along Pether Road, Manning Road and Bickley Crescent.

The paved area at the southern end of Pether Road is proposed to function as a shared space, which will accommodate vehicle access to the Southcare head office building, pedestrian movements between the two buildings, and to function as a vehicle turn-around area for cars at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Will I still be able to ride my bike through Bickley Crescent?

The Perth Bicycle Network Map (see below) shows the existing cyclist connectivity to the subject site. Pether Road is rated as a good road riding environment. Bickley Crescent forms part of the Perth Bicycle Network route SE30. The Freeway PSP is accessible within short cycling distance to the west.

What about Public Transport Access?

The subject site has access to bus services 100 and 101 along Canavan Crescent approximately 300m east of the subject site. These bus routes provide access the rail line at Canning Bridge Train Station.

Nearby public transport services are shown in below.

What landscaping will be used to protect resident’s privacy?

Tree Selection Rationale

The following selection principals and design objectives were defined for tree selections at Southcare to create the highest level of amenity for both residents and neighbouring properties whilst balancing maintenance and long term success of each tree:

  • Consistent with City’s Street Tree Master Plan
  • Compact. screening features for privacy
  • Seasonal variation and floral interest
  • In keeping with the South Perth sense of place
  • Drought tolerant and low maintenance
  • Attractive bird habitat opportunities
  • Non-invasive root systems

Capital Ornamental Pear 

Pyrus calferyana ‘Capital’ grows to 1Om tall in a narrow, deciduous growth habit. The slender, columnar shape lends itself well to tight beds and boundary screening in both summer {in leaf) and winter {dormant) due to dense upright branch structures that bear flourishes of white flowers in Spring. In autumn, leaves turn a purplish-red colour and fall in a short time period minimising sweeping maintenance throughout the year. The maintenance will be undertaken by Southcare. The understorey will complement this tree selection with white-flowering Crinum peduncufatum to the back bordered by soft verdant Lomandra fongifofia sedges that will not interupt passing traffic.

Garden beds will be set down slightly to capture driveway runoff and supplement irrigation to rapidly establish a solid vegetative screen. Seasonal colour and flowering highlights will be set off by a backdrop of climbing Ficus pumila that will cling to the face of the fence without the need for training wires.

Canopy Overhang 

With any tree selection inside private lots there is always some expectation that tree canopies could overhang property boundaries as the specimen matures. In accordance with local and state planning laws, residents on neighbouring properties are entitled to prune any overhanging vegetation. The diagram below provides a graphic representation of how the canopy of the proposed Jacaranda’s might overhang in the short, medium and long term life of the tree. Located central to the boundary and at the convergence of neighbouring rear boundaries canopy spread is unlikely to affect neighbouring properties and will add amenity to outlooks.

Jacaranda Mimosifolia