Heritage buildings escape demolition

11 King William Street, Bayswater. Picture: Kristie Lim
11 King William Street, Bayswater. Picture: Kristie Lim

TWO heritage buildings in the Bayswater town centre have been saved from demolition.

Bayswater Council refused applicant Yolk Property Group’s proposed demolition of 9 and 11 King William Street at its November 5 council meeting.

Nine Bayswater residents including Bayswater Historical Society president Lynn Deering, Respect Bayswater’s Heritage Heart spokeswoman Angie Maher, Baysie Rollers member Geraldine Pillinger and Bayswater Urban Tree Network spokesman Greg Smith presented deputations in support of the City officers’ recommended refusal.

The residents were concerned about the undue impact that two vacant lots would have on the streetscape and heritage character of the area, uncertainty of the future development of the site and the need to preserve the Jacaranda tree at the back of 9 King William Street.

Mayor Dan Bull said since 2015, there had been “advanced calls” to preserve heritage.

Cr Bull said if the buildings were demolished, it would have “punched a hole” in the middle of the town centre.

Deputy Mayor Filomena Piffaretti said development was needed but the City did not need two vacant lots.

9 King William Street, Bayswater. Picture: Kristie Lim

Yolk previously received approval to demolish 9 and retain the facade of 11 in 2015 but now wanted to demolish both buildings after its heritage impact report found both buildings had no heritage value.

The developer’s 2018 development approval for a six-storey mixed use development with 27 apartments and two restaurants from the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel expired in August 2019.

They are now planning for a new design for the site under DevelopmentWA’s guidelines because the site is located within the State Government’s Metronet East Redevelopment Area.

According to a City of Bayswater officer’s report, the proposed demolition would have an undue impact on the heritage of the area and attract anti-social behaviour because there was currently no future redevelopment plans for the site.

The City will also be investigating a large mural of a dog which was painted on the facade of 11 King William Street without development approval.

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