Privacy ‘under threat’
A COMO family are concerned they are going to lose their privacy with a six-storey apartment complex proposed to be built behind their property.
The development is proposed to be built at 87 Robert Street in the Canning Bridge Activity Centre. It will be just under 20m tall and have 23 residential apartments.
The project has been designed by MJA Studio with Parcel Property responsible for delivering it for the Alcock Family.
Leonora Street resident Frank Costa said he was frustrated that his family’s privacy would be compromised by the development.
“I’m not against development and if it was four storeys then I wouldn’t be bothered, but it’s six storeys plus a basement,” he said.
“I can understand that people want to develop the area but you need to match with the aesthetic of the area.
“We have a pool and teenage kids but with the balconies facing into our property, it seems we have no rights.
“We’ve lived here two years, it’s our dream house and we’ve worked hard to get here. We bought the block before the zoning changes and if we’d known then we wouldn’t have bought here.”
Parcel Apartments general manager Danielle Davison said the development would create more vibrancy in the area and
would be in keeping with the vision of the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Structure Plan.
Parcel Property said it had already written to all immediately adjacent surrounding neighbours, offering to meet to discuss
any concerns or feedback. Balconies had been orientated and screens used to minimise overlooking issues.
According to Parcel Property, there was a scenario which would permit the development to be built to eight storeys but it was not seeking approval for the additional height.
The development is expected to be considered by the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel.
Above: Frank and Sabrina Costa in their Como backyard. Right: An artist’s impression of the proposed apartment block. d472368