Redesign wel­comed

DE­VEL­OPER SET TO MOD­IFY 38-STOREY PLANS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

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.

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