LONG SHADOW

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

VESTED in­ter­ests in build­ing tower apart­ments in South Perth may come to re­alise that com­mu­nity mem­bers against their ex­ces­sive de­mands won’t give up as they hope protest­ing vic­tims might be ex­pected to do.

How­ever, de­spite say­ing that “as a devel­oper you go to metropoli­tan ar­eas where you have a bet­ter chance of achiev­ing your profit with less reg­u­la­tory re­sis­tance”, there is no sign of that to date.

In­stead, their stance is com­pe­ti­tion at all costs to ex­ploit cir­cum­stances to their ad­van­tage where things are more im­por­tant than peo­ple are.

In­deed, their only co-op­er­a­tive call is for po­ten­tial traf­fic prob­lems to be solved by Edge, the City and Main Roads WA.

Lu­miere is French for light but its shadow will be huge if the third de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion is ap­proved for this tower of now 34 storeys at 74 Mill Point Road.

The Prop­erty Coun­cil of WA per­ceived the City of South Perth as “a leader in good plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment” un­til the City re­sponded to its mem­bers’ ex­ces­sive de­mands by draw­ing up Amend­ment 46 to cap tower heights.

It has been claimed “re­mov­ing the dis­cre­tionary el­e­ment in as­sess­ing pro­pos­als would cre­ate a high level of un­cer­tainty for de­vel­op­ers”.

To the con­trary, cer­tainty would pre­vail but not to the de­vel­op­ers’ lik­ing.

The flood of tower de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions came about af­ter the City made the case for a pro­posed train sta­tion in South Perth.

Other train sta­tions are fac­ing clo­sure, so the de­vel­op­ers would do the com­mu­nity more good by build­ing at those lo­ca­tions.

Plan­ning Min­is­ter Donna Faragher says “en­cour­ag­ing den­sity around trans­port in­fra­struc­ture is a State Gov­ern­ment pri­or­ity”. The point is that such in­fra­struc­ture is a long way off in South Perth.

Edge sees South Perth as “a pre­mier area for ser­viced apart­ments: its unique lo­ca­tion, views, as­pects over the city as well as ac­ces­si­bil­ity to El­iz­a­beth Quay”.

By mid-July, Edge had pre-sold 60 Lu­miere apart­ments out of 80 amid 147 ser­viced apart­ments.

The Au­gust 23 and 24 min­utes of the WAPC Statu­tory Plan­ning Com­mit­tee lists pre­sen­ters for and against Amend­ment 46, three from the City of South Perth and one plan­ner in favour and 12 per­sons with vested in­ter­ests op­posed.

The third time around in this game is likely to be as en­ter­tain­ing as be­fore. Edge says that the fo­cus on more com­mer­cial el­e­ments in tow­ers, when CBD va­cancy rates are at 20-25 per cent, is an “im­prac­ti­cal non­sense.” CAROL ROE, Man­ning.

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