WAPC de­ci­sion foils de­vel­op­ers


Wanneroo Times - - News - Tyler Brown

AP­PLI­CANTS propos­ing to de­velop the Sor­rento coast­line will now con­sider their op­tions af­ter the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (WAPC) lim­ited their plans to four storeys.

The orig­i­nal $75 mil­lion Sor­rento Plaza pro­posal, which City of Joon­dalup of­fi­cers rec­om­mended for ap­proval, was for apart­ments, restau­rants and re­tail stores on West Coast Drive, rang­ing from three to six storeys.

Be­cause the site bounded by West Coast Drive, The Plaza, Pad­bury Cir­cle, Drakes Walk and Raleigh Road is made up of four sep­a­rate landown­ers, a struc­ture plan was needed to guide any re­de­vel­op­ment.

In March, the coun­cil con­sid­ered the draft Sor­rento Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre Plan and voted to limit devel­op­ment to four storeys fol­low­ing com­mu­nity op­po­si­tion.

At the time, de­vel­op­ers said Sor­rento Plaza would not go ahead if the coun­cil’s rec­om­men­da­tion to cap the height at four storeys was ap­proved by the WAPC, which has the fi­nal say.

Re­cently, the Depart­ment of Plan­ning rec­om­mended the plan be ap­proved as orig­i­nally pro­posed with a max­i­mum height of six storeys.

How­ever, last week the WAPC agreed to limit devel­op­ment to four storeys with “a fifth storey el­e­ment fo­cused around the plaza and west­ern frontage”.

Rep­re­sent­ing the ap­pli­cants, Par­cel Prop­erty gen­eral man­ager Danielle Dav­i­son said while they were pleased the WAPC recog­nised the need for the re­de­vel­op­ment, they were “very dis­ap­pointed” with the de­ci­sion.

“The re­jec­tion and al­ter­nate rec­om­men­da­tion for a smaller and less vi­able scheme may see this site re­main in its cur­rent di­lap­i­dated state for many years to come,” she said.

“This de­ci­sion ef­fec­tively lim­its the fi­nan­cial vi­a­bil­ity for devel­op­ment of this site and as such the own­ers will need to take time to re­flect on the avail­able op­tions now be­fore them.”

One of those op­tions avail­able is to ap­peal the de­ci­sion to the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal.

Stop Sor­rento High Rise spokesman Stu­art Hawkins said con­cerned res­i­dents wel­comed the de­ci­sion in part.

“We now have two gov­ern­ment bod­ies – the Joon­dalup coun­cil and WAPC – which have de­ter­mined the de­vel­oper’s pro­posal for six storeys at the Sor­rento site is sim­ply in­ap­pro­pri­ate,” he said.

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