Flats set to rise in Como

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Bronwyn Dono­van

A SIX-storey apart­ment block has been ap­proved on Edge­cumbe Street in Como, be­com­ing one of the first de­vel­op­ments in the City of South Perth por­tion of the Can­ning Bridge Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre.

The Metro Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (JDAP) voted 4-1 to ap­prove the de­vel­op­ment which in­cludes 19 units, a roof ter­race, cafe or yoga room and base­ment level with 30 me­chan­i­cal car bays, two elec­tric car charg­ing sta­tion bays and 20 bi­cy­cle bays.

Last year the JDAP ap­proved the first de­vel­op­ment un­der the Can­ning Bridge Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre Plan (CBACP), which was adopted in Fe­bru­ary 2017, for a six-storey tower at 73 Park Street.

The plan en­vi­sioned that the prop­er­ties sur­round­ing the de­vel­op­ment site would re­main as res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments, but of a greater scale and den­sity.

But res­i­dents fear that im­pacts on amenity and traf­fic man­age­ment within the area are at risk, es­pe­cially with the City of Melville hav­ing ap­proved de­vel­op­ments such as Cirque Apart­ments, a 20level tower in Mt Pleas­ant un­der the same guide­lines.

Como res­i­dent Ernest Lit­tle, who has lived next to the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment site at 2 Edge­cumbe Street for 45 years, said he ac­knowl­edged the need to have a high den­sity res­i­den­tial plan for the area close to the trans­port hub but felt the ap­pli­ca­tion was rushed and did not ad­e­quately con­sider the amenity im­pacts on those al­ready liv­ing in the area.

Pre­sid­ing mem­ber Me­gan Adair said the de­vel­op­ment was com­pli­ant and she was happy to sup­port the ap­pli­ca­tion.

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