JDAP to decide on four-storey Applecross development, Melville Council voted against supporting

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 will be put before the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) with support from City of Melville staff, but not the majority of councillors.

The pitch put forward by Tuscom Subdivision Consultants is to build a multi-level development comprising 10 dwellings on the corner of Tweeddale and Carron roads.

The $7 million project, if progressed, would include undercroft parking and a roof terrace.

A responsible authority report (RAR) ticked off by Melville’s urban planning director Steve Cope found the development was consistent with provisions set out in the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan.

The RAR was put to councillors at a meeting Tuesday night, together with a recommendation calling on the City to advise JDAP it supports the build.

But Melville councillors raised a number of concerns during a lengthy debate, eventually voting 6 – 3 not to support the project.

Among issues cited by councillors was 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.

Concerns about building height and boundary setbacks were also raised during the public consultation period.

The decision by councillors came despite statutory planning manager Peter Prendergast arguing the proposal adhered to 16-metre height limits.

Mr Prendergast said building setbacks were also complied with.

Amir V Meshkin, who spoke on behalf of concerned residents during a deputation on Tuesday, said having councillors on side “was a win for the ratepayer”.

But their battle remains, with Melville chief executive Shayne Silcox confirming JDAP would ultimately have the final say.

“The details of the decision made at the Special Council Meeting … will be forwarded to the JDAP for their information,” Dr Silcox said.

“The recommendation of the officers who prepared the RAR to the JDAP will remain that the development be approved as proposed.”

The JDAP meeting is scheduled for February 7.

Tuscom was sought for comment.

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