High hopes

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Na­dia Budi­hardjo

THE Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel has been asked to refuse an ap­pli­ca­tion for a 44-storey build­ing in South Perth at its meet­ing on Wed­nes­day.

South Perth coun­cil voted last week to rec­om­mend the panel turn down the pro­posal be­cause it would be too high com­pared to neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties.

Sirona Cap­i­tal lodged the ap­pli­ca­tion for a 42storey and two-base­ment mixed de­vel­op­ment on 31 Labouchere Road and 24 Lyall Street in May 2018.

Sirona Cap­i­tal man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Matthew McNeilly said it could be dif­fi­cult but it was not im­pos­si­ble for a JDAP to ap­prove a project with­out en­dorse­ment from the lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

“We have fol­lowed the scheme and the process to the let­ter, a dif­fi­cult task given the shift­ing sands which seem to be at play,” he said.

“What Sirona is do­ing is think­ing about the sub­se­quent gen­er­a­tions of South Perth res­i­dents who are look­ing to live in that area and who em­brace den­sity, given the suburb’s prox­im­ity to Perth’s CBD.”

South Perth res­i­dent Mark Paskos said he spoke against the ap­pli­ca­tion as an in­di­vid­ual at the coun­cil meet­ing but worked closely with lo­cal ac­tion groups.

“We would like the ap­pli­ca­tion re­jected and any re­sub­mis­sion to be closer to ex­ist­ing heights of build­ings in the Spe­cial De­sign Area,” he said.

“Ba­si­cally it is a CBD­sized build­ing and ac­tu­ally looks like a CBD build­ing in a res­i­den­tial area.”

The City’s rea­son­ing for rec­om­mend­ing re­fusal in­cluded the scale of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment not be­ing con­sid­ered com­pat­i­ble with the cur­rent set­ting, as the over­all height was sig­nif­i­cantly greater than the es­tab­lished height pat­tern in the im­me­di­ate lo­cal­ity.

Other rea­sons in­cluded the lack of cer­tainty that the de­vel­op­ment will be com­pat­i­ble with the de­sired fu­ture set­ting of the precinct.

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