Foreshore towers get the green light

An artist's impression of Canning Beach Promenade.
An artist's impression of Canning Beach Promenade.

A 15-STOREY, three-tower development has been approved to overlook the river at Applecross despite community and council concerns about its impact on the area.

The Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel yesterday decided to give the green light to Edge Visionary Living’s $121 million, 224-apartment complex titled Canning Beach Promenade.

Presiding member Megan Adair said while concerns about the development were a part of the consideration, the area was undergoing a transition and the overall design of the building was of an international standard.

At today’s meeting the panel heard deputations from several people concerned that the buildings were actually 18 storeys and that community benefits proposed were not proportionate to the extra heights being sought.

Edge Visionary Living representatives along with lawyers and planners spoke positively about the development.

Melville council showed its disdain for the development at a meeting in late November when it voted not to support the plans.

The site is part of the 10-storey area, with further height allowed provided developers can show community benefits.

Among the council’s reasons for not supporting the development at the time were community benefits not being proportionate to the proposed extra storeys, the impact of the development on the foreshore area and Canning Bridge and that it was actually 16-storeys.

Among the features of the proposed development is a common podium design at the base of the towers made up of a ground floor and two more levels on the 6431sqm site.

The developer has touted large gaps between the towers to promote “view corridors” for neighbouring developments.

The north-western tower is set back about 17m from the boundary which borders the residential area.

The development will include five food and beverage tenancies, public changing infrastructure and 640sqm of community facilities, including a resources centre which will be handed over to the City of Melville.

Edge Visionary Living executive director Gavin Hawkins previously said some of the other community benefits would be disabled facilities, a $500,000 community art contribution, health spa and kayak hire.