Apartment tower across from Perth Zoo approved

Artist's impression of the Lyall St residences. Picture: Sirona Capital
Artist's impression of the Lyall St residences. Picture: Sirona Capital

A HIGH-RISE across from Perth Zoo has been approved almost a year after being unanimously rejected due to its towering height.

The Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel has approved Sirona Capital’s $65 million development application on Labouchere Road and Lyall Street in South Perth today.

Sirona Capital’s application for a 44-storey development was previously refused by the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel in December 2018.

Artist’s impression of the proposed 44-storey building in December. Picture: Sirona Capital.

The panel unanimously rejected the proposal due to its height of 137.55 metres being about five times greater than the prescribed limit, and the impact on residential areas and Perth Zoo.

A revised application was received by the City of South Perth in September after Sirona Capital lodged an appeal to the State Administrative Tribunal following the refusal.

The panel voted 3 – 1 in favour of approving the application with conditions which included reducing the building height to 38 storeys, reducing the podium height and bringing down the car bays from 215 to 194.

Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly said the Lyall St residences would have 99 luxury apartments instead of the 120 dwellings originally planned.

“While not everyone will appreciate the concession we’ve made on height, I felt it was important to show the community that we were able to re-align our thinking to deliver the best possible outcome under the current planning framework,” he said.

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