Panel hits heights of complex in Bayswater

Alannah MacTiernan with residents.
Alannah MacTiernan with residents.

A METROPOLITAN Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) rejected a controversial development in Bayswater last Monday.

A group of residents was strongly opposed to the proposed seven-storey development on King William Street submitted by Yolk Property and said it did not comply with the heritage look of the area.

At the completion of the advertising period, JDAP received 48 objections, eight supporting and six conditional supports for the plan.

Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna said the four to one rejection of the proposed development at JDAP was in line with community’s requests.

“I’m happy that it got rejected by DAP, it was far in excess of what our community wanted there,” Cr McKenna said.

“While I want to see development here, going up to the height of seven storeys was far too high; I would like to see a development that would blend more with the concept of the village lifestyle.”

Cr McKenna said he was not “anti-development”.

Yolk property director Pete Adams said the company would listen to the concerns of residents and had met with Perth MHR Alannah MacTiernan.

“We’re certainly remaining very approachable and trying to meet with other opponents,” Mr Adams said.

Bayswater resident of 22 years, Monica Main presented a deputation at the DAP meeting.

Ms Main said it was vital to continue the “dynamic history” of the area and integrate heritage into new developments.

“The history here goes back over hundreds of years so it’s such a shame that these buildings have no protection,” she said.

“The landlord let the buildings run down and then they were like a developer’s dream.

“They deliberately wouldn’t lease these buildings for that reason.”

Ms Main said she was pleased with the JDAP outcome but said more community consultation was needed.

Ms MacTiernan, who supported residents, said the DAP outcome was a surprising victory.

“We all want to see redevelopment in Bayswater, we absolutely understand how important it is to have our town centres revitalised and redeveloped,” she said.

“But the town planning schemes have to mean something and what we have seen over and over again is the envelope being pushed, that the plot ratio, the heights, the number of storeys are being increased over and above what is provided for in those schemes.”

Ms MacTiernan said the community was losing confidence in the process.

“We hope the developer comes back and renegotiates because this area has so much potential, but in a way that is not ‘developer takes all’.”