The Metro West Joint DAP last Thursday heard from residents opposed to the project and representatives from the developer Handle Property Group.
HPG managing director Peter Burke said he was surprised the project had received 14 letters of support.
He said he had expected more submissions against the development and fewer letters of support.
The proposed development would be six storeys high at its tallest point and include one-, two- and three-bedroom units.
Anne Mills lives near the proposed development and said she was concerned it would reduce the resale value of her house.
‘When I bought my house, the old bottleyard was just that ” an old bottleyard,’ she said.
‘This is a matter of equity for residents. This area deserves preservation as a low-density residential area.’
Penny Rogers said she had a problem with the scale of the development and increased traffic.
‘I feel that the consultation emphasis has been on the proposal and not the impact it will have on people in the area,’ she said.
DAP member and City of Vincent councillor Joshua Topelberg said increased traffic was a significant issue and he could not understand why the development had only one entry.
‘I’m not supporting the application as it is today; I would rather defer it,’ Cr Topelberg said.
‘I have an issue with the height to the park and I think we can get a better outcome for the local community.’
DAP member and City of Vincent councillor Matt Buckels voted to defer the development because of the ‘excessive’ height.
‘The six storeys is the sticking point,’ he said.