Locals oppose highrise

Residents Jill Willis and Carolyn Sheridan are against the proposed development.|Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d400471
Residents Jill Willis and Carolyn Sheridan are against the proposed development.|Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d400471

Traffic and parking, size, scale and waste disposal are just some of the concerns surrounding residents have.

Next week, Melville councillors will vote on whether to support the 34-unit and office development before submitting their recommendation to the Development Assessment Panel.

Due to the estimated cost of development, the applicants chose to submit the application to the DAP for a decision rather than the City of Melville, but the City must submit its recommendation to the panel.

The City had been given a two-week extension on its submission to the DAP to consider urgent legal advice on issues relating to density.

The development on Groves Avenue was previously at the DAP in February, however the panel chose to defer consideration of the item until revised plans were submitted due to the bulk and size of the development.

The latest proposal has reduced the number of apartments from 44 to 34 and the proposed office space has been reduced from two tenancies to one 80sqm tenancy.

But concerned residents say the changes were not adequate for the area and said the revised development proposal would be completely out of character for the suburb so should not be considered.

‘The development is simply too wide, too high and the parking and traffic would be horrendous,’ resident Carolyn Sheridan said.

‘We don’t oppose development, we know there will be and we welcome some type of development on the block, just something more in character with the area.’

Another resident, Jill Willis, said the application had the entry and exit point of the development on Groves Avenue ” a residential ‘No Through Road’, because Main Roads would not accept the entry and exit point to come off Canning Highway.

‘Groves Avenue simply could not cope with it. The road is already horrendous for traffic and parking,’ she said. ‘Our major concerns are with the amount of traffic and lack of parking the development would bring.’

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the City’s two public consultation periods attracted 37 submissions, 35 opposing the proposal.