Lu­miere de­ci­sion ‘com­mon sense’

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Jaime Shurmer

SOUTH Perth res­i­dents say they feel vin­di­cated by last week’s Metro Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (JDAP) de­ci­sion to refuse ap­proval of the 44-storey Lu­miere de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion by Edge Liv­ing.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty also said it was a win for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Com­mon sense has pre­vailed and JDAP’s de­ci­sion re­flects or­derly and proper plan­ning prac­tices,” Cr Do­herty said.

Res­i­dents and rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the devel­op­ers filled the gallery of South Perth’s coun­cil cham­bers for more than four hours and lis­tened to more than two hours of dep­u­ta­tions and about an hour of amend­ments to the rea­sons for re­fusal, be­fore de­bate be­gan among the JDAP mem­bers.

The panel in­cluded two South Perth coun­cil­lors.

Mem­bers voted 4-1 to refuse the de­vel­op­ment due to its scale and ad­verse im­pact to amenity.

The mat­ter will now go to the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal (SAT) but South Perth Penin­sula Ac­tion Group spokes­woman Vicki Red­den said the group was “quite con­fi­dent” SAT would come to the same con­clu­sion.

“The Supreme Court made it clear that it must be pre­dom­i­nantly non­res­i­den­tial,” she said, re­fer­ring to the case heard last De­cem­ber funded by two Mill Point Road res­i­dents.

Lu­miere was orig­i­nally to have 29storeys of apart­ments but after the Supreme Court’s rul­ing it ap­plied for 44-storeys, to in­clude 147 lux­ury ser­viced apart­ments.

Edge Liv­ing spokesman Paul Plow­man said in­ter­est re­mained strong and 60 of the 80 pro­posed Lu­miere apart­ments had sold, to­talling $90 mil­lion to date. “We are dis­ap­pointed by the de­ci­sion,” he said.

He added the devel­op­ers felt they had largely ad­dressed em­ploy­ment and traf­fic con­cerns and that the JDAP de­ci­sion was part of the process but not the end.

Edge Liv­ing has ap­pealed against the Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion, with a date yet to be set to hear the ap­peal.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

The site of the pro­posed Lu­miere de­vel­op­ment. d456887

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