Civic Site high-rise approval deferred

Aerial shot of the triangular shaped Civic Site. Picture: Finbar Group Limited.
Aerial shot of the triangular shaped Civic Site. Picture: Finbar Group Limited.

METRO Central Joint Development Assessment Panel has deferred a vote on the Civic Site development in South Perth to allow for more preparation time on the Responsible Authority Report.

The panel decided to defer the application for 90 days to focus on the 1444 pages of the report and 109 conditions imposed on the development at the meeting this morning.

Finbar Group has applied to build on the triangular shaped land bounded by Labouchere Road, Mends Street and Mill Point Road, known as the Civic Site.

City of South Perth received Finbar’s application for 309 apartments shared between a 39-storey north tower and a 22-storey south tower in January.

The proposed development was recommended for approval but sought the panel’s discretion for the building height.

Specialist member Michael Hardy said he received more materials about the proposed development five minutes before the meeting started at 9.30am.

“I’ve never encountered an application in my time on the panel, with so many conditions,” he said.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate a development this important can be decided by this panel with so little preparation.”

The mixed use residential and commercial development will be the tallest building in City of South Perth, if approved and built.

Heritage listed properties next to the Civic Site to be refurbished as part of the development include the police station and post office.

Presiding member Megan Adair said she had concerns with the number of conditions imposed and the preservation of the heritage buildings.

“We could spend hours going through each conditions we have concerns with,” she said.