Dispute over new building

The proposed Beaufort Street and Tenth Avenue building.
The proposed Beaufort Street and Tenth Avenue building.

Westbridge Property Group director Matthew McNeilly said the three to five-storey development was being tailored to fit in with the local area.

‘It is understandable that existing residents are concerned about the development of a site that has had a building separated from the street front by a car park for a long time,’ he said.

‘That is why we are proposing the majority of the development on the site is three storeys, with smaller areas of four and five storeys in the central parts of the site.

‘This will ensure the development integrates well with the present streetscape and neighbouring properties.’

Mr McNeilly said the height was appropriate for the site because of its proximity to the CBD, public transport and main roads. Residents are concerned 94 apartments, a shop, a caf´┐Ż and an office will result in more traffic, with cars parked on residential streets if insufficient bays are provided.

Resident Mike Shade said the apartments could bring up to 169 more vehicles to the area (based on 1.8 per home).

‘There is currently, approximately, one traffic accident per week at the junction of Tenth Avenue and Beaufort Street. This in itself requires fixing, but with an additional 169 vehicles using the area the problem becomes even more of a potential danger to Inglewood residents,’ he said.

The building will include 121 car bays (mostly in a basement) with bicycle facilities. A traffic study was done in conjunction with the application.

Resident Cathy Riatti described the development as ‘intrusive’ and unnecessary.

‘The design is not in keeping with the character of the suburb, the scale of the development is not in keeping with the local area, there is insufficient parking to accommodate anticipated vehicles on site and there is no landscaping in the development to help cool and soften the hard structures,’ she said.

The proposal is open for comment until October 24. The Metro North West Joint Development Assessment Panel will be the decision-maker.