No rain­ing on Pa­rade


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Bron­wyn Dono­van

THE City of South Perth has rec­om­mended an ap­pli­ca­tion for a 31storey de­vel­op­ment on Melville Pa­rade in South Perth be ap­proved by the Metro Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (JDAP) this week.

On Fe­bru­ary 9, the JDAP de­ferred its de­ter­mi­na­tion for three months to al­low the City to dis­cuss whether mod­i­fi­ca­tions could be made to the podium to re­duce amenity im­pacts on neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties.

The mod­i­fi­ca­tions for re­con­sid­er­a­tion in­cluded re­duc­ing the height, scale and set­backs from Bow­man Street and pro­vid­ing un­der­ground carpark­ing.

On May 4, the City re­ceived amended plans that in­cluded a 4.5m re­duc­tion in the build­ing’s over­all height, with 2.2m of that loss from the podium, en­trance and egress from Melville Pa­rade rather than Bow­man Street and re­duced podium set­backs from the eastern and north­ern bound­aries.

How­ever, the new amend­ments have made the ap­pli­ca­tion non­com­pli­ant with the non-res­i­den­tial plot ra­tio. It does not meet the deemed re­quire­ment by 211.72sq m.

City of­fi­cers said in their re­port that “in iso­la­tion, some of mod­i­fi­ca­tions may not ap­pear to have con­trib­uted to­wards ‘sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced (amenity) im­pacts, how­ever the col­lec­tive al­ter­ations were con­sid­ered sub­stan­tial”.

A spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing was held on June 13 to de­ter­mine whether to sup­port the of­fi­cer’s rec­om­men­da­tion but there were not enough coun­cil­lors in at­ten­dance to hold a vote.

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