Bayswater: new four-storey apartment, restaurant development approved by council

Bayswater: new four-storey apartment, restaurant development approved by council

A FOUR-STOREY apartment block and restaurant is set to join seven-storey Heir on King William Street in Bayswater, the second development approved under Special Control Area 12 (SCA 12).

City of Bayswater council approved the $2.1 million building at their meeting on Tuesday, which is set to include seven multiple dwellings at 4 King William Street.

It is the second development approved in the control area, after the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) approved a controversial seven-storey apartment block at 9-11.

Owner MCG Bayswater will need to pay $70,000 to the City of Bayswater for not providing enough car bays; 17 bays are required under the town planning scheme and 10 will be provided.

Councillor Dan Bull said he was concerned they were approving a second development before the completion of a Bayswater structure plan, a document that will act as a blueprint for future development.

“I have concerns with the development as I do with the way in which SCA 12 was put in place before the completion of a structure plan,” he said.

“The cart has been put before the horse.

“We’ve seen how bad it can get with the (9-11 King William Street) Yolk development, however, if council opposes this one I fear we may inadvertently invite something worse.”

Mayor Barry McKenna said while some of the application was not compliant – such as parking and setbacks – the building fell within the five-storey and 20m restrictions of SCA 12, unlike the Yolk development.

Cr McKenna said it was an opportunity for council to work with the proponents on the building design and was concerned if they rejected the application, they would take it to JDAP instead.

“We have an opportunity for council to have some control over SCA 12,” he said.

A Bayswater resident said he was concerned about traffic management and flow issues at the laneway behind the site.

He said it would be difficult to have the $70,000 cash-in-lieu paid by the developer spent on creating additional bays near the apartments.

“Knowing the area intimately, that’s virtually impossible (to have parking nearby),” he said.

The development was approved with nearly 30 conditions including the proponent pay $21,000 for public art at the site.