Yolk to appeal demolition refusal

9 and 11 King William Street in Bayswater. Picture: Kristie Lim.
9 and 11 King William Street in Bayswater. Picture: Kristie Lim.

YOLK Property Group will be appealing the City of Bayswater’s decision to refuse the demolition of 9 and 11 King William Street in Bayswater.

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

However, Bayswater Council refused its proposal on November 5 because it wanted to keep the buildings, which are listed on the Municipal Heritage Inventory.

Number 11 is classified in category three, which recommends retention. The City is proposing to upgrade number 9’s classification from category four to three.

Yolk director Pete Adams said the group would appeal the decision at the State Administrative Tribunal.

“Demolition approval was granted back in 2015 as part of our due diligence prior to purchasing the properties,” he said.

“Nothing has changed since this date, so it is difficult to understand the inconsistency of decisions at both officer and council level at the City of Bayswater.

“Furthermore, despite our independent assessment of the buildings undertaken by one of Perth’s leading heritage architects, Griffiths Architects, that recommended demolition of the buildings, the City of Bayswater had proposed to increase the heritage classification of the buildings with zero justification.”

Mayor Dan Bull said recent changes in the City’s planning framework now placed a greater emphasis on heritage.

“The City’s heritage consultants, Hocking Heritage Studio, have advised that the buildings including their facades at 9 and 11 King William Street have significant heritage value,” he said.

“Built in 1905, 9 King William Street is the last remaining original residence in the Bayswater town centre and was built for pioneer Henry Halliday. 11 King William Street was built in the early 1900s and was the former McLeish’s Grain Store.”

11 King William Street. Picture: Kristie Lim

Mr Adams said for the past three years, the group gave free rent to several pop-ups like Howdy Coffee.

“We would have liked to continue this and create a temporary pop-up space using containers and landscaping on the site,” he said.

“We also intended to give over some of the land to community uses.

“We informed the council of our plans and we have honoured gifting our properties to the community to date, so I am disappointed the council questioned our intentions in this regard.”

Mr Adams said at this stage, the group were focusing on temporary pop-up uses.

“Unfortunately the current buildings were quite old and had deteriorated prior to us purchasing the properties,” he said.

“We urge everyone to do their homework and understand the wellness and health benefits of a compact liveable and walkable city before they pass off urban apartments as bad for their community.”

He said they would work with DevelopmentWA and the council and consult the community on a new plan.

“The Bayswater City Centre is about to undergo much needed change with the train station upgrade and the Forrestfield-Airport link, and we are excited to play our part in the transformation of this area,” he said.
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