Heritage fears overruled for proposed Perth College senior learning centre.

An artist’s impression of the Senior Learning and Leadership Centre. Picture courtesy Parry and Rosenthal
An artist’s impression of the Senior Learning and Leadership Centre. Picture courtesy Parry and Rosenthal

A PERTH College development has been approved by the Metro North West Joint Development Assessment Panel, despite the City of Stirling refusing to endorse the application.

The council voted not to endorse the application because it was contrary to heritage policies.

Principal Jenny Ethell said architects were appointed in 2014 to prepare a plan that focused on the redevelopment of the school-owned properties at 24 to 30 Lawley Crescent.

The proposed Senior Learning and Leadership Centre on Lawley Crescent will provide a new building for senior school students and parking for 34 cars.

Mrs Ethell said the site was part of the Perth College education precinct, which included both sides of Lawley Crescent and was zoned for educational purposes.

“The Senior Learning and Leadership Centre will enhance this education precinct and allow the school to ensure it can preserve and restore the original 1916 buildings on the main campus, giving due respect and care to Perth College’s heritage,” she said.

“The School did investigate the potential for re-purposing the buildings on these lots as a new facility but it was determined this was not possible as the existing buildings do not meet standards for universal access for people with disabilities.

“They are also not of the appropriate structural integrity to be included in the proposed development.”

Mrs Ethell said the development was not intended to increase student enrolments.

She said an extensive community consultation process was undertaken and while there were some concerns about loss of amenity and noise, most of the feedback was supportive.