PLAN ‘LACKS COMMUNITY BENEFIT’
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.