King William plan dethroned
THE Metro Central Joint Development Panel (JDAP) has refused an amended proposal for 9 and 11 King William Street in light of concerns over the height and loss of heritage.
At last week’s meeting, JDAP members voted 5-0 to reject Yolk Property Group’s amended Heir apartments proposal, which included a request for a two-year extension on the current approval citing a “slow market”.
The proposal included 27 apartments and change of use for two ground floor tenancies from restaurants to retail, increased street setback on the second and third floors (nil-3.2m to 5m) and boundary setbacks on the second to fourth floors reduced from 3.2m to 3m.
It also proposed decreasing the height from seven to six-storeys.
JDAP’s refusal means the approved plan for a seven-storey development with 27 apartments, plus restaurant and shop space on the ground floor, remains until the approval expires in February 12, 2018.
The City of Bayswater approved the demolition of 9 King William Street and the facade of number 11 being retained in February 2015.
Bayswater residents presented their concerns over the development’s non-compliance with the City’s town planning scheme’s design requirements for the area, building materials and lack of landscape at the meeting.
Bayswater planning officer Steven De Piazzi said the level of articulation provided to the ground and first floor, lack of distinction between the retained heritage facade, new building fabric and a non-compliant, 13m singlelane access ramp to the carpark were reasons for the refusal.
Mr De Piazzi said while the applicants tried to address the City’s concerns, they did not satisfy the proposed Bayswater Town Structure Plan’s development potential of a maximum four storeys, with potential for five based on excellent design, and 20m in height.
Yolk Property Group director Pete Adams told the Eastern Reporter after the meeting that the group had not decided if it would appeal JDAP’s decision to the State Administrative Tribunal, move forward with the original approval or reapply for an approval extension.