Inglewood Character Community Workshop

The Client
City of Stirling
Project Team
Cath Blake-Powell
Principal - Engagement
Marc Beattie
Associate - Heritage
Tilly Chaney
Consultant - Urban Design & Place
The Project

Inglewood is an area of considerable significance. The area is a good example of a highly intact residential area close to the city characterised by typical homes occupied by the working people of Perth from the early 1900s to the 1950s.

The Inglewood Character Protection Area forms part of the City’s larger Mount Lawley, Menora and Inglewood Character Protection Area. This large area has statutory protection under the City of Stirling’s Planning Scheme as a Heritage Area. To guide appropriate development within this area the City have detailed and robust Character Retention Guidelines.

While these guidelines have generally been very effective in conserving the heritage value and streetscape character of the area, there was an increase in demand from homeowners to explore more contemporary interpretation of the historical styles of architecture for use in extensions not visible from the street.

In response, the City conducted a survey in November 2020. From analysing the survey data, it became clear that the majority of those who responded supported the City investigating changes to the Guidelines to allow more design flexibility where additions cannot be seen from the street. In addition, 57.3% of respondents generally supported a more flexible approach to the Guidelines where changes are not visible from the street or a public place.

Our Role

element provided specialist engagement services, prepared, and facilitated a community workshop to seek community input into modifications to the Inglewood Character Retention Guidelines. The engagement objectives for the Community Workshop were to seek feedback on key policy areas, assist with the next stage of policy development, identify community views on what changes to the Inglewood Character Retention Guidelines should be made, and encourage residents to provide input into the extent of modifications to the Character Retention Guidelines for the area.


The results from the community workshop partly reinforced the survey outcomes that while people generally want to maintain the traditional character in Inglewood, there is an appetite for further flexibility in laneways and backyards. What was apparent from the workshop is that people require greater clarity around what design flexibility means and what ‘visible from street’ might entail in practice. It is not surprising that residents who live in Inglewood value its traditional character, and amenity but greater guidance was required to assist both applicants and officers with managing change in the evolving laneways and back lot areas.

What We Delivered
  • Workshop design and facilitation
  • Engagement outcomes report

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