Developers on deadline
THE Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel has given a developer 60 days to work with the City of Bayswater’s Design Review Panel to address concerns over a proposed 10-unit two-storey development opposite The Rise in Maylands.
At its August 7 meeting, the panel voted against a City officer’s recommended refusal.
It deferred its decision on Urbanista Town Planning’s proposal, a red brick-themed development worth $2.1 million at a 1012sq m single-storey site at Lot 180, 25 Eighth Avenue.
The deferral will also enable the City to do a close analysis of the preferred size and scale of developments in the locality.
The proposal was amended from its initial application in May.
More landscaping was included at the back of the site, street frontage and within the ground floor courtyards.
The amendments also included a redesign of the front building, the removal of a unit on the lower floor and two extra units.
This brought the total in line with the permitted number.
There were seven proposed units with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and three units with two bedrooms and one bathroom.
Officers believed the development was of excessive bulk and scale and not compliant with the guidelines for building size, open space and lot boundary setbacks.
The DRP, which did not support the proposal, said the number of units limited the ability to provide amenity to future residents and a third storey would enable more space and better access to natural light and ventilation.
In its consideration, it was also noted design should focus on solving the streetscape and driveway width and scale to improve amenity.
Urbanista Town Planning director Bianca Sandri, who is also a Stirling councillor, said the additional landscaping would soften the overall development and residents could have access to nearby public open spaces at The Rise and Riverside Gardens.
JDAP specialist member Michael Hardy, who moved the deferral, said the application seemed to be heading in the right direction but was not there yet and needed to address the DRP’s concerns.
Presiding member Megan Adair said her biggest concern was the open space as the development needed to contribute to the streetscape. She said the City needed to develop a housing vision for the area.