Aged care tower: Changes pro­posed

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

CLARE­MONT coun­cil­lors want pro­po­nents of an eight-storey tower for aged care to take res­i­dents’ ob­jec­tions on board, re­duce it by two floors and not seek ap­proval for the higher build­ing at the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal.

At the coun­cil last month, Mt Clare­mont’s St Louis Es­tate sought ap­proval of a master plan for 75 new aged care homes, com­pris­ing the high-rise and 11 other build­ings from two to four storeys on Dean and Al­bert streets to be built dur­ing 2019 to 2027.

Coun­cil staff had ob­tained con­ces­sions from the de­sign­ers in­clud­ing mi­nor al­ter­ations to the build­ings’ sizes and changes to the project’s cen­tral precinct host­ing the high-rise, but a waiver on the heights had also been given.

Most of 28 neigh­bour­ing res­i­dents who op­posed or ob­jected to the mas­ter­plan were at the meet­ing.

They were against the tower’s height, an al­legedly in­ad­e­quate plan to man­age traf­fic in ei­ther streets, the new homes hav­ing only one bay, over­shad­ow­ing and build­ing bulk, and an R40 zon­ing al­low­ing for a 0.6 plot ra­tio and not the 0.8 in the plan.

“This will for­ever change the char­ac­ter of the his­toric Clare­mont Hill precinct for all time,” Al­bert Street res­i­dent Carol Ros­siter said.

St Louis Es­tate rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ed Wil­son said there would be un­der­ground park­ing, the homes were needed for an age­ing pop­u­la­tion and there would be greater open space.

Coun­cil­lors were con­cerned res­i­dents were not aware how other projects have avoided the coun­cil’s re­duced plan­ning pow­ers, in­clud­ing spot zon­ing of five storeys near Loch Street and a Scotch Col­lege build­ing that took nine min­utes, 47 sec­onds to be de­cided at an un­elected de­vel­op­ment as­sess­ment panel.

Staff said that if St Louis was un­sat­is­fied with lower heights and a changed plot ra­tion, the mas­ter­plan could go to the SAT and de­spite the po­ten­tial for me­di­a­tion talks be­fore any hear­ing the con­ces­sions could be lost.

St Louis and res­i­dents are now con­sid­er­ing the changes.

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