Panel approves radical 15-storey aged care facility

An an artist's impression of the 15-storey development.
An an artist's impression of the 15-storey development.

A RADICAL 15-storey aged development on Kintail Road in Applecross has been approved this evening.

The 20-22 Kintail Road site had previously been the subject of two 16-storey proposals from Norup Wilson that had been rejected by the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) last year.

The panel approved aged care provider Grandton Limited’s proposal for 84 independent units and 10 high-care units.

A number of residents made deputations, raising concerns about the development, which sought five bonus storeys in an area that usually allows for 10-storeys.

Grandton Limited managing director Sophie Fielder talked about the City of Melville’s aging population and her company’s model.

Among the community benefits put forward by the developers to justify the extra storeys were a high-quality street frontage, toilets, change rooms and a communal cinema, gym and yoga studio.

Melville councillor Tim Barling was the only person to vote against the development with fellow panel members Megan Adair, Rachel Chapman, Michael Hardy and Nicole Robins, who is also a councillor, voting in favour of it.

He cited that the development went against the height hierarchy of the area and there was significant community resistance to it.

Ms Chapman said as the development was an aged care facility it was of a benefit to the community.

Melville councillors voiced concerns about the development at their August 20 meeting, despite City officers recommending approval.

The councillors believed the community benefits were not proportionate to the extra height sought and they labelled the development inconsistent with the height hierarchy of the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan.

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