Pri­vacy ‘un­der threat’

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Front Page - Aaron Cor­lett

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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Above: Frank and Sab­rina Costa in their Como back­yard. Right: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed apart­ment block. d472368

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