Annie's Landing at Ellenbrook, by LWP Property Group

LWP’s flagship development, Ellenbrook, was the incubator for many of the sustainability ideas that inform all the LWP communities and those of other developers. Some of LWP’s initiatives are still considered innovative today, while others have become industry-wide best practice.

Sustainability initiatives underpinning LWP developments include:

Creating a sense of place with a central focus

  • Learning centres, crèches, playgroups and drop-in centres are constructed early in the development phase for the first residents who move in.
  • A permanent information and sales centre is located in each development to create a central hub of activity.
  • Houses and offices may be constructed and adapted to function as schools for the children of the first residents until numbers are sufficient to support the construction of a primary school.
  • Public Art programs create a sense of identity.
  • A Community Trust Fund for each community finances the appointment of a CommunityDevelopment Officer and provides seed funding for community groups and infrastructure from an early stage.

Modelling environmental sustainability

  • LWP’s designers reflecting the natural contours of the land and integrate native bushland into the new landscape, showing respect for the uniqueness of the natural environment in which the development is located.
  • Including LWP’s unique ‘eco-logical’ front garden design packages in all land sales helps purchasers create sustainable gardens.
  • Energy efficiency requirements have been incorporated into our Design Guidelines since 1999.
  • Extensive Bike and Hike trails connect all residents to all parts of the town and villages, encouraging residents to reduce their carbon footprints.

Building in connectedness

  • Geographical networks encourage residents to get to know their neighbours, to walk or cycle rather than drive, and to enjoy the parks and open spaces.
  • Rear laneway houses with reduced front setbacks to houses and vehicle access to garages at the rear of the lots encourage greater community interaction in the streets and parks.
  • A mix of housing densities caters for a wide range of purchasers.
  • Passive solar design principles, varied building setbacks, laneways, front verandahs and street tree planting all promote street life and community interaction.
  • The development of small (under 400 sqm) cottage lots with frontages ranging from 15m down to 6m caters for smaller households.
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