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.