DEVELOPER SET TO MODIFY 38-STOREY PLANS
THE South Perth Peninsula Action Group has welcomed Finbar’s decision to redesign a 38-storey apartment building before it builds it in South Perth.
The decision comes after Planning Minister Donna Faragher, under the advice of the WA Planning Commission, decided to have no blanket restrictions on height as part of the City of South Perth’s local planning scheme but to include a requirement for a “stringent set of performance-based design principles” to be met.
Group spokeswoman Vicki Redden said she and other residents were very pleased about the decision.
“I’m happy that some common sense has prevailed because for a long time we have been asking for a development that is sustainable and innovative and not mediocre. The hope is now there will be something more reasonable with less impact of the surrounds,” she said.
“The original design for the building was for 38 storeys and for 600 car bays, which Main Roads strongly objected to because it would have caused gridlock.”
Ms Redden said she hoped the redesigned building would be 22 to 25 storeys.
“When Finbar bought the land, it was thought that it would be for a 17-20 storey building but when it was announced that it was 39 storeys, it became a source of annoyance for residents,” she said.
In a statement, Finbar said the decision was made because of the continued high level of uncertainty around the City of South Perth planning framework, which had been disruptive to the marketing of Civic Heart and affected the ability of the company to deliver the large mixed-use development within normal development timeframes.
Mr Pateman said the details of the new project would be announced in the coming months. It was anticipated the project would be approved and completed before the date by which Civic Heart would have been completed in its original form.
“Ultimately our redesign will result in a project that meets the newly revised planning aspirations of the City and community, mitigates development risk and still gives an attractive outcome for our company shareholders,” he said.