Tower blocked

PLAN ‘LACKS COM­MU­NITY BEN­E­FIT’

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

AN­OTHER ap­pli­ca­tion for a tower on the South Perth penin­sula has been re­fused, with lim­ited com­mu­nity ben­e­fits and ef­fect on neigh­bour­ing amenity cited as rea­sons for not al­low­ing a height bonus.

The ap­pli­ca­tion for a 31-storey tower on Melville Pa­rade was orig­i­nally put for­ward for as­sess­ment by the Metro Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (JDAP) in Fe­bru­ary but de­ferred for three months so the City of South Perth could con­sider op­tions to lessen im­pacts on the sur­round­ing area.

Mod­i­fi­ca­tions in­cluded re­duc­ing the height, scale and set­backs from Bow­man Street, pro­vid­ing underground car park­ing and fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion of wind im­pacts on ad­join­ing sites.

On May 4, the City re­ceived amended plans from Hil­lam Ar­chi­tects that in­cluded a 4.5m re­duc­tion in the build­ing’s over­all height, en­trance and egress from Melville Pa­rade rather than Bow­man Street, and re­duced podium set­backs from the eastern and north­ern bound­aries rang­ing from 0.3m to 6.8m.

Nev­er­the­less, last week panel pres­i­dent Charles John­son said the panel ex­er­cised its dis­cre­tion in re­fus­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion, as it be­lieved the ad­verse amenity im­pacts and small com­mu­nity ben­e­fits did not war­rant the height bonuses be­ing sought.

The same ar­chi­tect had an ap­pli­ca­tion for a 43-storey tower on Lyall Street, South Perth, re­jected in May. A third ap­pli­ca­tion for a 29-storey tower at 72-74 Mill Point Road will also re­turn to JDAP for con­sid­er­a­tion this month af­ter it was re­jected in March for sim­i­lar rea­son­ing.

Fol­low­ing me­di­a­tion with the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal, amended plans show the num­ber of res­i­den­tial apart­ments re­duced from 112 to 89, the num­ber of ser­viced apart­ments re­duced from 18 to 16 and the ad­di­tion of a com­mu­nity gym­na­sium and health spa.

On June 19, South Perth coun­cil­lors voted to re­ject the of­fi­cer’s rec­om­men­da­tion for the JDAP to ap­prove the new plans.

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