Pro­posed plan

The WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion will con­sider re­zon­ing a site on the cor­ner of Guild­ford Road and King Wil­liam Street.

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

THE City of Bayswa­ter has ap­proved re­zon­ing a va­cant site on Guild­ford Road to al­low a four- to six-storey apart­ment build­ing.

Coun­cil­lors voted 8-1 for a pro­posed amend­ment to the City’s Town Plan­ning Scheme No.24 to re­zone Lot 22, 454 Guild­ford Road, Bayswa­ter, from a den­sity code of R40 to R80 at the Oc­to­ber 9 com­mit­tee meet­ing.

The WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion will make the fi­nal de­ci­sion on the pro­posed scheme amend­ment.

Ap­pli­cant Plan­ning So­lu­tions had pro­posed to mod­ify the zon­ing to a den­sity code of RAC3, which pro­posed a height limit of six storeys and a plot ra­tio of 2:0.

But City of­fi­cers re­jected this pro­posal as the R80 pro­vi­sions al­lowed for four to six storeys and plot ra­tio of 1:0.

Plan­ning So­lu­tions could re­ceive a bonus of two storeys, sub­ject to the de­vel­op­ment be­ing ex­em­plary, as de­ter­mined by the City’s de­sign re­view panel.

The 3069sq m site was a for­mer petrol sta­tion but has been va­cant for 24 years.

Plan­ning So­lu­tions se­nior plan­ner Jesse Dun­bar said the RAC3 den­sity code would pro­vide flex­i­bil­ity.

“The bulk and scale of the build­ing and any other as­so­ci­ated is­sues – over­shad­ow­ing, pri­vacy and ac­cess to nat­u­ral day­light – can be ap­pro­pri­ately ad­dressed in the lo­cal de­vel­op­ment plan re­quired to be pre­pared for the site,” she said.

Cr Cather­ine Ehrhardt, who voted against the pro­posal, said the zon­ing needed to be un­der RAC3 if it was go­ing to achieve “ex­em­plary de­sign”.

Cr Barry McKenna said it was a “prom­i­nent site” and the coun­cil wanted de­vel­op­ments with good de­sign.

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d486922

Hill­crest Pri­mary School head girl Denise Nguyen and head boy By­ron Mur­phy.

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