Council voices concerns about proposed high-rise tower again

City of Melville administration building.
City of Melville administration building.

A TWICE-rejected development in Applecross has been reborn as a smaller apartment complex, but there is contention about how many storeys it actually is.

Mustera Property Group’s development on the corner of Forbes Road and Kishorn Road was rejected by the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) in March and July.

It has been submitted again as a 15-storey development, although at Tuesday’s City of Melville council meeting officers revealed the roof terrace counted as a 16th floor. Councillors then questioned whether a mezzanine on one of the floors counted as a storey and if the development was actually 17 storeys.

Although council officers have recommended the JDAP approve the development, councillors voted against the recommendation and it will be decided by the panel.

Among concerns were insufficient commercial and non-residential parking, the development bordering the four-storey section of the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan (CBACP) and the proposed bonus storeys not being proportionate to community benefits.

An artist’s impression of the previous 20-storey tower.

The development would include 88 multiple dwellings, 16 short stay accommodation units and five non-residential tenancies.

Among the community benefits proposed are 151m of active frontage, 860sqm of streetscape upgrades, 300sqm of alfresco and public space, public restrooms, a publically accessible garden at level one, a co-working space and a community hall.

At previous JDAPs, panel members have raised concerns about the difficulty in assessing how many community benefits were needed for the development to warrant height bonuses.

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