Par­tial vic­tory for Sor­rento res­i­dents

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

THE fight is over for res­i­dents op­posed to the pro­posed Sor­rento Plaza de­vel­op­ment.

Stop Sor­rento High Rise spokesman Stu­art Hawkins ad­vised that on Mon­day the de­vel­oper with­drew from the ap­peal process in the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal.

This means the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion’s (WAPC) de­ci­sion in Septem­ber to limit the de­vel­op­ment to a max­i­mum of five storeys will re­main.

The orig­i­nal $75 mil­lion Sor­rento Plaza pro­posal, at the site bounded by West Coast Drive, The Plaza, Pad­bury Cir­cle, Drakes Walk and Raleigh Road, was for apart­ments, restau­rants and re­tail stores rang­ing from three to six storeys.

But the City of Joon­dalup rec­om­mended it be limited to four storeys.

Mr Hawkins said the WAPC had de­scribed the bulk and scale as be­ing “er­ro­neous in this lo­ca­tion”.

“For the past three years the lo­cal Sor­rento community has pur­sued a con­tin­u­ous strug­gle for a more sen­si­ble scale of de­vel­op­ment at this site,” Mr Hawkins said.

“The community should feel great pride that their ac­tions have achieved an im­proved plan­ning out­come, with the bulk and scale re­duced from six storeys to five storeys along West Coast Drive and re­duced from six storeys to four storeys along Raleigh Road.”

How­ever, he said the out­come was still “un­for­tu­nate and dis­ap­point­ing”.

“The WAPC made a de­ci­sion for the num­ber of storeys to be limited to four storeys with a fifth-storey el­e­ment,” he said.

“The doc­u­men­ta­tion pre­pared for the WAPC by the Depart­ment of Plan­ning ex­tended this fifth-storey el­e­ment across more than 50 per cent of the to­tal building area and 70 per cent of the western frontage so the dom­i­nant built form will ac­tu­ally be five storeys.

“This con­flict between the WAPC’s over­ar­ch­ing de­ci­sion and the ac­tual plan­ning out­come is both un­for­tu­nate and dis­ap­point­ing.” Tyler Brown

An aerial view of the Sor­rento Plaza de­vel­op­ment.

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