Glass pained over build­ing ap­proval

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

CITY of South Perth chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ge­off Glass says he is dis­ap­pointed that a con­tro­ver­sial 34storey build­ing on Mill Point Road has been ap­proved but con­cedes the coun­cil can­not ap­peal it.

Fol­low­ing an 18month pe­riod of dis­cus­sions and court ap­peals, the Joint Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (JDAP) ap­proved the mixed used Lu­miere build­ing on 74 Mill Point Road on Oc­to­ber 19.

The project was ap- proved by the JDAP af­ter de­vel­oper Edge Vi­sion­ary Liv­ing sub­mit­ted a re­vised plan that saw the build­ing re­duced in height from 44-storeys to 34storeys and a re­duc­tion in the num­ber of ser­viced apart­ments from 147 to 100.

The de­ci­sion fol­lows a rul­ing from WA Supreme Court Jus­tice John Chaney that deemed plan­ning ap­proval for the apart­ment block did not com­ply with lo­cal plan­ning laws re­lat­ing to the size and pur­pose of the plot.

Mr Glass said the coun­cil rec­om­mended the re­fusal of the ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause of a num­ber of is­sues.

“The Coun­cil strongly sup­ported the re­fusal rec­om­men­da­tion made by the of­fi­cers and ac­cord­ingly the City does not sup­port the de­ci­sion made by the JDAP,” he said.

“The de­ci­sion made by JDAP is the fi­nal de­ci­sion in the cur­rent State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal (SAT) ap­peal process, which was be­tween the ap­pli­cant JDAP.

“The City’s in­volve­ment was to re­assess the ap­pli­cant’s amended devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion and pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions to JDAP.

“The City has no fur­ther right of ap­peal to the SAT.”

Edge Vi­sion­ary Liv­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Gavin Hawkins said he be­lieved de­ci­sion was in line with proper and or­derly plan­ning and reaf­firmed the in­tegrity of the City of South and Perth’s ex­ist­ing Town Plan­ning Scheme.

“We lis­tened to the con­cerns about height so we de­cided that the best op­tion was to re­duce Lu­miere un­der the height of the Civic Heart build­ing as some­thing that would be more ac­cept­able,” he said.

“Lu­miere is not only smaller in height, but its also smaller in scale when com­pared with Civic Heart, Glass House and the pro­posed devel­op­ment at 88 Mill Point Road.”

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the view from the 34-storey build­ing.

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