Como family fears new apartment block spells loss of privacy

Frank and Sabrina Costa are worried that they will lose their privacy if a six-storey apartment complex is built behind their property in Como. Picture: Martin Kennealey
The proposed development in Como.
Frank and Sabrina Costa are worried that they will lose their privacy if a six-storey apartment complex is built behind their property in Como. Picture: Martin Kennealey The proposed development in Como.

A COMO family is concerned they will lose their privacy after learning a six-storey apartment complex might be built behind their property.

The development is proposed to be built at 87 Robert Street within the Canning Bridge Activity Centre. It will be just under 20 metres high and have 23 residential apartments.

The project has been designed by MJA Studio with Parcel Property being responsible for delivering it for the Alcock Family.

Leonora Street resident Frank Costa said he was frustrated that his family’s privacy would be compromised by the development.

“I’m not against development and if it was four storeys then I wouldn’t be bothered but it’s six storeys plus a basement,” he said.

“I can understand that people want to develop the area but you need to match with the aesthetic of the area.

“We have a pool and teenage kids but with the balconies facing into our property, it seems we have no rights.

“We’ve lived here two years, it’s our dream house and we’ve worked hard to get here, we bought the block before the zoning changes and if we’d known then we wouldn’t have bought here.”

Parcel Apartments general manager Danielle Davison said the development would create more vibrancy in the area and would be in keeping with the vision of the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Structure Plan.

Parcel Property say they had already written to all immediately adjacent surrounding neighbours, offering to meet to discuss any concerns or feedback and balconies had been orientated and screens used to minimise any overlooking issues.

According to Parcel Property, there was a scenario which would permit the development to be built to 8 stories but it was not attempting to seek approval for the additional height.

The development is expected to be considered by the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel.