City of South Perth wants JDAP to approve Melville Parade 31-storey development

Artist impression of development for 50-52 Melville Parade, South Perth.
Artist impression of development for 50-52 Melville Parade, South Perth.

CITY of South Perth has recommend an application for a 31-storey development on Melville Parade, South Perth be approved by the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) on June 18.

On February 9, the JDAP deferred its determination for three months to allow the City to discuss whether modifications could be made to the podium to reduce amenity impacts on neighbouring properties.

The modifications for reconsideration included reducing the height, scale and setbacks from Bowman Street, providing underground carparking and further examining potential wind impacts on adjoining sites.

On May 4, the City received amended plans that included a 4.5m reduction in the buildings overall height with 2.2m of that loss from the podium, entrance and egress from Melville Parade rather than Bowman Street and reduced podium setbacks from the eastern and northern boundaries ranging from 0.3m to 6.8m.

However the new amendments have made the application non-compliant with the non-residential plot ratio, which does not meet the deemed requirement by 211.72sq m.

City officers stated in their responsible authority report (RAR) that “in isolation, some of modifications may not appear to have contributed towards ‘significantly reduced (amenity) impacts, however the collective alterations were considered substantial”.

A special council meeting was held on June 13 to determine whether to support the officer’s recommendation but there were not enough elected members in attendance to substantiate a vote.

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