Applecross: 16-storey Kintail Road development rejected again

An artist's impression of the development.
An artist's impression of the development.

A PROPOSED 16-storey development on Kintail Road in Applecross has been knocked back for a second time by the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP).

The panel rejected the $39 million at a meeting yesterday citing concerns about the developers request for six extra storeys in the M10 zone of the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan area.

A total of 91 multiple dwellings were proposed, along with five commercial tenancies, 100sqm of publically-accessible landscaped space on top of the podium, children’s play equipment, toilets, showers and 185sqm on the podium level to be used for community purposes.

The 20-22 Kintail Road development was rejected in July by the JDAP but was brought back after the State Administrative Tribunal asked the panel to reconsider it, with three minor changes.

The proposed changes were stair access directly from the ground floor to the community benefit space at the top of the podium, reconfiguring and expanding the community benefit space to provide more flexibility and to provide more natural light and reconfiguring the ground floor to enable a waste truck to enter and exit the site in forward gear.

A motion to approve the development was lost two votes to three with an alternate motion to reject it being passed with the panel members citing the reason for refusal as the community benefits not being of sufficient significance to allow a 60 per cent increase in the number of floors.

Panel members Christopher Antill and Michael Hardy and councillor Tim Barling voted for refusal while acting presiding member Rachel Chapman and councillor Nicole Robins were in the other camp.

A total of nine deputations were made at the meeting with several residents speaking out against the development, citing concerns about the community benefits, overshadowing and a lack of changes from the July meeting.

Among the people to speak in favour of the development was WA Apartment Advocacy director Samantha Reece, John Norup, of Norup+Wilson, and Hillam Architects employees.