Win for residents opposed to Sorrento Plaza development

The development will now consist of five storeys across lots 148, 149 and 2 (red), four storeys across lots 147, 153 and 154 (green), and three storeys on Lot 146 (blue).
The development will now consist of five storeys across lots 148, 149 and 2 (red), four storeys across lots 147, 153 and 154 (green), and three storeys on Lot 146 (blue).

THE fight is over for residents opposed to the proposed Sorrento Plaza development.

Stop Sorrento High Rise spokesman Stuart Hawkins advised that on Monday the developer withdrew from the appeal process in the State Administrative Tribunal.

This means the WA Planning Commission’s (WAPC) decision in September to limit the development to a maximum of five storeys will remain.

The original $75 million Sorrento Plaza proposal, at the site bounded by West Coast Drive, The Plaza, Padbury Circle, Drakes Walk and Raleigh Road, was for apartments, restaurants and retail stores ranging from three to six storeys.

But the City of Joondalup recommended it be limited to four storeys.

Mr Hawkins said the WAPC had described the bulk and scale as being “erroneous in this location”.

“For the past three years the local Sorrento community has pursued a continuous struggle for a more sensible scale of development at this site,” Mr Hawkins said.

“The community should feel great pride that their actions have achieved an improved planning outcome, with the bulk and scale reduced from six storeys to five storeys along West Coast Drive and reduced from six storeys to four storeys along Raleigh Road.”

However, he said the outcome was still “unfortunate and disappointing”.

“The WAPC made a decision for the number of storeys to be limited to four storeys with a fifth-storey element,” he said,

“Whilst this intended the dominant built form to be limited to four storeys, the documentation prepared for the WAPC by the Department of Planning extended this fifth-storey element across more than 50 per cent of the total building area and 70 per cent of the western frontage so the dominant built form will actually be five storeys.

“This conflict between the WAPC’s overarching decision and the actual planning outcome is both unfortunate and disappointing.”

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