WAIT FOR PLAN
IT IS time for developers, investors, builders and apartment-buyers to hold back on comprehensive developments in the so-called South Perth Station Precinct because a fully integrated plan for its future is in the near pipeline.
The City of South Perth is leading the reformation and, as part of it, has recently confirmed that the government will spend $7.5 million on public space around Mends Street.
A revision of the precinct plan is due to be revealed in May and has involved concentrated and expansive input from government, developers, real estate agents and the public during March.
One of the main themes was connectivity, so it would be unwise to consider another revised application for a 31-storey tower at 88 Mill Point Road (between Labouchere Road and Ferry Street) in isolation from the plan in progress, particularly because the international proponent may lack awareness of it.
However, the local property industry was well represented at planning workshops and design forums and included selling agencies that derive work from the overseas-based proponent.
The good work of the City’s planning staff, council and incorporated resident bodies (City of South Perth Residents Association and South Perth Peninsula Act Group) will be undone if the Metro Central Joint Planning Assessment Panel gives the go-ahead for this mega-tower without taking into account the coming precinct plan outcome: proposed Amendment 51 to the City’s Town Planning Scheme.
Having already refused the development application twice, the panel may find it harder to hold out for further improvements.
But in order to justify the bonus height sought, namely a jump from the specified maximum height of 41 metres to 120 metres, all performance criteria aimed at excellence and making a return to the community must be met.
Residents, who have made themselves aware of what is at stake, have made submissions in writing to the City, arguing once more for this development application’s refusal as it now stands.
They want the best for the area, which the imminent plan aims to specify, and look forward to seeing it and what a forthcoming new development proposal for the landmark Civic Heart site has to offer.
The City’s website and Department of Planning’s website concerning assessment panels provide information about these matters and how interested parties can have their say. CAROL ROE, Manning.