Grand stand on height

RE­TIRE­MENT VIL­LAGE PLANS WORRY LO­CALS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Tim Slater

A GROUP of As­cot Wa­ters res­i­dents is call­ing on the City of Bel­mont to hold a spe­cial elec­tors meet­ing fol­low­ing con­cerns about the 15-storey height of a pro­posed re­tire­ment vil­lage.

The pro­posed devel­op­ment, ear­marked for coun­cil-owned land on 52 Grand­stand Road in As­cot, com­prises 59 aged per­son dwellings, 125 sin­gle bed­rooms and fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing an in­door pool, gym, café, lounge and two doc­tors’ con­sult­ing rooms.

If ap­proved, part of the devel­op­ment will also be built on 2 Wa­ter­way Cres­cent, which has been pur­chased by devel­op­ment pro­po­nents Craig­care.

About 40 res­i­dents met rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Bel­mont Com­mu­nity Group last week to raise their con­cerns about the pro­posed devel­op­ment, which needs to be ap­proved by the Metropoli­tan Cen­tral Joint Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel.

BCG pres­i­dent Cassie Rowe said lo­cals were con­cerned about in­creased traf­fic and park­ing, as well as the height and scale of the pro­ject, which she said was out of keep­ing with the low-rise res­i­den­tial area.

“Peo­ple are also con­cerned that the pro­posal will de­tract from the char­ac­ter of the neigh­bour­hood and neg­a­tively im­pact on the cur­rent com­mu­nity at­mo­sphere,” Ms Rowe said.

The City of Bel­mont is in the process of ne­go­ti­at­ing the sale of the land to Craig­care.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Cole said the City had im­posed a num­ber of re­quire­ments that had to be sat­is­fied be­fore the sale was fi­nalised.

“This in­cludes Craig­care ob­tain­ing plan­ning approval from the Metro Cen­tral JDAP,” he said.

Mr Cole said 52 Grand­stand Road had al­ways been ear­marked for a land­mark devel­op­ment.

“A land­mark devel­op­ment is typ­i­cally a promi­nent build­ing of­ten of greater height and high-qual­ity de­sign, which forms an en­try point to a precinct or area,” he said.

Mr Cole said the City had ad­ver­tised the pro­posed devel­op­ment to all res­i­dents and landown­ers in As­cot Wa­ters from July 4 to 25 as part of the plan­ning as­sess­ment process.

But res­i­dents who spoke to the South­ern Gazette last Thurs­day said there had not been ad­e­quate, de­tailed consultation with the com­mu­nity. Kim Van­der­s­lik said it had been a “fun­da­men­tally flawed process”.

“There has been a lack of gen­uine en­gage­ment with the com­mu­nity and we feel con­sid­er­ably let down,” she said.

Jeremy Dun­nette said since the pro­posal first came to the coun­cil in July, 2014, the height of the devel­op­ment had grown from four to 15 storeys.

Ms Van­der­s­lik said the res­i­dents were aware that a devel­op­ment had been ear­marked for the land, zoned spe­cial devel­op­ment but no­body had ex­pected to see plans for a 15-storey build­ing which she called a “ver­ti­cal sub-di­vi­sion”.

There are also con­cerns about the en­vi­ron­men­tal and her­itage im­pacts of the devel­op­ment and its lo­ca­tion on a 100year flood plain.

Ms Van­der­s­lik said the group was pre­par­ing a motion to be dis­cussed at a spe­cial elec­tors’ meet­ing that they want the City of Bel­mont to call be­fore the JDAP con­sid­ers the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion. Res­i­dents had re­ceived a one-page let­ter, with an in­ter­net link on it to ac­cess more in­for­ma­tion.

“But a lot of res­i­dents in the area don’t use the in­ter­net and were not given an op­por­tu­nity to view the pro­ject in de­tail,” she said.

Ms Van­der­s­lik said the group was also con­cerned about the build­ing be­ing a land­mark. “A land­mark is some­thing that works with the wet­land or the Gar­rett Road Bridge, high­light­ing the area,” she said. “That is a true land­mark to me, it’s not a high-rise build­ing.”

Mr Cole said the City’s plan­ning de­part­ment as­sessed the pro­posal against ap­pli­ca­ble plan­ning stan­dards. They in­cluded the lo­cal plan­ning scheme, lo­cal plan­ning poli­cies and de­sign codes.

“The City is then re­quired to pre­pare a Re­spon­si­ble Author­ity Re­port out­lin­ing the as­sess­ment and mak­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion as to how the JDAP should de­ter­mine the ap­pli­ca­tion,” he said. The city’s RAR is due on Septem­ber 9. Mr Cole said res­i­dents’ con­cerns were be­ing as­sessed and would form part of the re­port to the JDAP.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d457702

Con­cerned res­i­dents Jeremy Dun­nette, An­drew Gibb and Kim Van­der­s­lik.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the 15-storey nurs­ing home.

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