Tower re­jected again

Melville Times - - News - Aaron Cor­lett

A PRO­POSED 16-storey de­vel­op­ment on Kin­tail Road in Ap­ple­cross has been knocked back for a sec­ond time by the Metro Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (JDAP).

The panel re­jected the $39 mil­lion pro­posal at a meet­ing on De­cem­ber 4, cit­ing con­cerns about the de­vel­oper’s re­quest for six ex­tra storeys in the M10 zone.

A to­tal of 91 mul­ti­ple dwellings were pro­posed, along with five com­mer­cial ten­an­cies, 100sq m of pub­licly-ac­ces­si­ble land­scaped space on top of the podium, chil­dren’s play equip­ment, toi­lets, show­ers and 185sq m on the podium level for com­mu­nity pur­poses.

The 20-22 Kin­tail Road de­vel­op­ment was re­jected in July by the JDAP but was brought back af­ter the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal asked the panel to re­con­sider it, with three mi­nor changes.

The pro­posed changes were stair ac­cess di­rectly from the ground floor to the com­mu­nity ben­e­fit space at the top of the podium, re­con­fig­ur­ing and ex­pand­ing the com­mu­nity ben­e­fit space to pro­vide more flex­i­bil­ity and to pro­vide more nat­u­ral light, and re­con­fig­ur­ing the ground floor to en­able a waste truck to en­ter and exit the site in for­ward gear.

A mo­tion to ap­prove the de­vel­op­ment was lost 2-3, with an al­ter­nate mo­tion to re­ject it be­ing passed.

Panel mem­bers said the com­mu­nity ben­e­fits were not of suf­fi­cient sig­nif­i­cance to al­low a 60 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of floors.

Panel mem­bers Christo­pher An­till and Michael Hardy and Coun­cil­lor Tim Barling voted for re­fusal, while act­ing pre­sid­ing mem­ber Rachel Chap­man and coun­cil­lor Ni­cole Robins sup­ported the pro­posal.

A to­tal of nine dep­u­ta­tions were made at the meet­ing, with sev­eral res­i­dents speak­ing against the de­vel­op­ment.

Among the peo­ple to speak in favour of the de­vel­op­ment were WA Apart­ment Ad­vo­cacy di­rec­tor Saman­tha Reece, John Norup, of Norup+Wil­son, and Hil­lam Ar­chi­tects em­ploy­ees.

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