TOWER IS TRAGIC
I CAN’T let this letter go by without correcting the many assumptions and errors for the sake of others who may be wondering.
The very tall buildings to which Linden Knight (Use own money, Nov 8) refers in South Perth were approved by the Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP), not by council. I sympathise with the purchasers of an apartment in a noncompliant building which is the centre of so much controversy, but much of the fault lies with the developer trying to get approval for something that has definitely not met all the local regulations.
The council recommended to JDAP that 74 Mill Point Road be refused for a number of reasons. The elected councillors unanimously agreed and the Mayor made a deputation to JDAP expressing her many concerns.
The voting balance of JDAP weighs to the three government appointed members over the two local council representatives and so, all over Perth the rights and wishes of local residents and councils are being eroded.
Civic Heart and the others were unlawfully approved by JDAP which was proven by the Supreme Court that overturned the first version of Lumiere.
The developer of Lumiere seems to assume that any building around the height of Civic Height is "entitled" to be approved. It is wrong for anyone to benchmark height against a non-compliant building.
Lumiere is not being singled out as a random event. This site at 74 Mill Point Road is in a well-established residential area of five-toeight storeys with five metre setbacks.
That setback has allowed the avenue of london plane trees to flourish for over 100 years and gives this street unique beauty. This proposal would be the first zero setback on the street, meaning it would be built right up to the footpath a metre from those trees and 450 per cent taller than anything around it. The shadows will cast across neighbours for most of the day.
Residents need to think seriously about the traffic that will be generated from these buildings.
A residential tower of 35 storeys brings hundreds of cars that traffic professionals estimate produces 1400 car trips in and out every day.
There are more than 4000 carbays allocated in the buildings that have been approved or proposed in this area. That works out to 12,000 or so car trips every day.
In metres, 5000 cars equates to 25km of bumper-to-bumper traffic. People complain about the traffic now – if all buildings approved are built, there will be gridlock.
The reason for allowing the bonus in height is based on a train station, which we now know is not going to happen for at least 20 years. So the whole idea of giving 450 per cent bonus in height to a building that is over a kilometre from the phantom train station is totally irrational.
We oppose this and all other supersized buildings because South Perth deserves better and should not be pushed down the path of "profit at any cost".
VICKI REDDEN, South Perth Peninsula Action Group.