King Wil­liam plan de­throned

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

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.

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