Haig Park site plan sounds alarm for locals

A delegation of residents will this week meet with the City of Perth to outline their concerns about the proposed three to five-storey mixed use building, which includes 60 units, a commercial outlet and 87 car bays.

Resident Gus Kininmont said he had concerns about the scale and size of the structure, its suitability for the area, the need to modify density zoning, and increasing traffic.

But he said the main concern related to parking, with the proposed development removing the existing 49 bays, plus one disabled bay marked on the 75 Haig Park Circle site.

‘Whilst the carpark provides parking for shoppers to the area, visitors to residential properties in Haig Park Circle already experience extreme difficulties in finding car parking,’ he said.

‘This problem will be further heightened with not only the displacement and non replacement of the current allocation of carparks from the proposed redevelopment site, but also 60 new residents, no doubt the majority of these having motor vehicles and receiving visitors, being introduced to this compact area.’

Adding further weight to the residents’ argument is the restrictive covenant on the lot, put in place in 2002, allowing it to be used ‘as a car parking area and for no other use’.

‘Residents purchased their properties in the knowledge of the restrictive covenant, and to now see a development of 60 one and two-bedroom apartments to this residential area is quite distressing,’ Mr Kininmont said.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the City’s Development Assessment Panel (DAP) would assess the proposal. It fits with the local scheme classifying residential development as a preferred use for the site, while retail is a contemplated use.

She said the DAP’s decision, expected after the consultation period ends today, did not affect the caveat which was held by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA).

MRA chief executive Kieran Kinsella said the he was seeking advice on the status of the restrictive covenant, which was put in place by the former East Perth Redevelopment Authority.