Maylands: JDAP defers decision on proposed two-storey, 10-apartment development

The site on Eighth Avenue, Maylands. Picture: Kristie Lim.
The site on Eighth Avenue, Maylands. Picture: Kristie Lim.

THE Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) has given a developer 60 days to work with the City of Bayswater’s Design Review Panel (DRP) to address concerns over a proposed 10-unit, two-storey development opposite The Rise in Maylands.

At this morning’s meeting, the panel voted against City officer’s recommended refusal and deferred its decision on Urbanista Town Planning’s proposed red brick-themed development worth $2.1 million at a 1012 sq m single-storey site at Lot 180, 25 Eighth Avenue.

The deferral will also allow the City’s administration to undertake a close analysis of the preferred size and scale of developments in the locality.

The proposal was amended from its initial application in May, with more landscaping included at the back of the site, street frontage and within the ground floor courtyards.

The amended proposal also included a redesign of the front building, the removal of a unit on the lower floor and two extra units, bringing the total in line with the permitted number.

There were seven proposed units with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and three units with two bedrooms and one bathroom.

Officers believed the development was of excessive bulk and scale and not compliant with the building size, open space and lot boundary setbacks of the Residential Design Codes and draft Apartment Design Guidelines.

The DRP, which did not support the proposal, said the number of units limited the ability to provide amenity to future residents and a third storey would enable more space and better access to natural light and ventilation.

In its consideration, it was also noted design should focus on solving the streetscape and driveway width and scale to improve amenity.

Urbanista Town Planning director Bianca Sandri, who is also a Stirling councillor, said the additional landscaping would soften the overall development and residents could have access to nearby public open spaces at The Rise and Riverside Gardens.

JDAP specialist member Michael Hardy, who moved the deferral, said the application seemed to be heading in the right direction but was not there yet and needed to address the DRP’s concerns.

Presiding member Megan Adair said her biggest concern was the open space as the development needed to contribute to the streetscape.

Ms Adair also said the City needed to develop a housing vision for the area.