Decision pending on Peninsula bid

Fedila Reshid and Jessica Tully are part of a campaign for more graduate program placements to be available for nursing students.
Fedila Reshid and Jessica Tully are part of a campaign for more graduate program placements to be available for nursing students.

Council first received an application for a five-storey, 62-unit development on the site last year which did not comply with residential design codes and was rejected.

According to the City of Bayswater and local residents, the first proposal did not comply with wall height and other design elements.

Maylands Ratepayers and Residents Association president Roger Tomlins said the proposal was ‘inconsistent to the proper planning of the area’.

After the proposal was refused, the developer submitted a second development application to council which included a predominantly two-storey design, with a three-storey element incorporating 25 units.

The developer revised the wall height from the proposed 11 metres to 9.2m, decreased the roof pitch height from 11.5m to 9.2m and decreased overshadowing from 3.6 per cent to 0 per cent.

The amended proposal was submitted to the Planning and Development Services committee last week where it received approval and is awaiting the council’s decision.

Aztec Architects representative Dan Sanbrook said that while the option of a State Administrative Tribunal-determined decision was still open the firm would prefer to reach a negotiated outcome that was amenable to all of the council and the residents

‘We feel that the amendments we have made have significantly altered the appearance of the building to be much more in line with council’s desires,’ he said.

‘We sincerely hope that the efforts we have made will prove sufficient for council to approve this proposal.’

Despite the changes, residents are still against the development. Mr Tomlins said the new plans still fell short of addressing residents’ concerns in that the height was not compatible with the surrounding area.

‘The development will negatively impact the streetscape,’ Mr Tomlins said.

‘There is insufficient parking and the congestion on Peninsula Road is already high.’

Resident Bernadette Gargan said the most recent proposal was the ‘lesser of two evils’.