Applecross development stalls over site concerns

Concept image of the development proposed for the corner of Tweeddale and Carron roads in Applecross.
Concept image of the development proposed for the corner of Tweeddale and Carron roads in Applecross.

A FOUR-STOREY development proposed for Applecross has been stalled by concerns over the process that led the site to be levelled.

On Wednesday the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) voted 4-1 to defer approval on the $7 million development so it could get further legal advice on the natural ground level.

Panellists also asked for a new responsible authority report (RAR) to be produced on the ground level as it was prior to changes approved by the City of Melville in 2008.

The side against the project have queried the validity of the process that led the site, which used to fluctuate in level by 4m, to be filled and squared.

Tuscom Subdivision Consultants are looking to build a multi-level development comprising 10 dwellings across two lots on the corner of Tweeddale and Carron roads.

Included would be undercroft parking and a roof terrace.

Amir V Meshkin, a spokesman on behalf of residents, argued on Wednesday the build is “grossly oversized and out of proportion for its surroundings, even considering the new Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan”.

A spokesman in favour of the project argued it complied with 16m height restriction and setbacks.

In January, Melville councillors voted 6-3 against the project due to confusion over the site’s natural ground level, the negative impacts of the build on amenity, a lack of dwelling diversity and concerns the development would not be compliant without the discretion applied by officers.

That was despite an RAR by Melville’s urban planning director Steve Cope finding the development was up to scratch.

The item should be back before JDAP in March.

Tuscom was sought for comment.

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