Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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.

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