Morley: three-storey apartment development heads back to SAT after JDAP fails to reach decision


The vacant former church site on Vera Street in Morley. Picture: Kristie Lim
The vacant former church site on Vera Street in Morley. Picture: Kristie Lim

A REVISED proposal for a three-storey development with 28 apartments in Morley will be directed back to the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) after a development assessment panel reconsidered the application last week.

Applicants Cohen Radosevich Town Planning’s proposal at the former church site on Lot 4/55 Vera Street included four one-bedroom units, 23 two-bedroom units and one three-bedroom unit.

Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) presiding member Charles Johnson said no decision was reached on the application, which would now be returned to the SAT for further direction.

According to a City of Bayswater officer’s report, the property was reserved for public purposes (public worship) in terms of the City’s town planning scheme and would be rezoned to a residential code of R40.

The report said the proposed development did not meet the open space, car parking, street walls and fences, dwelling size, outdoor living area, privacy and store requirements of the R-Codes as it reflected characteristics of an R60 development rather than R40.

Vera Street residents submitted concerns over the building height, potential increase in crime, proximity to Morley Primary School, noise and blocking their views to the City.

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