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.