Como: Green light for four storey, five storey apartments in Lockhart Street

An artist's impression of the building planned for 179 Lockhart Street, Como. Image: Jeff Freeman Architects.
An artist's impression of the building planned for 179 Lockhart Street, Como. Image: Jeff Freeman Architects.

TWO multiple dwelling developments have been approved for Lockhart Street in Como in the same week that plans for 10-storey apartment block were knocked back.

The Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel yesterday approved a five-storey building of 30 dwellings at 179 Lockhart Street, despite it exceeding the four-storey height limit under the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan.

City of South Perth officer Stevan Rodic said there was discretion to apply variation to height due to the sloping topography of the location.

The Panel unanimously approved another application for a four-storey building that will have 20 dwellings at 154 Lockhart Street.

Panel members agreed with South Perth councillor Colin Cala request for that development’s communal passageway to be screened with obscuring glazing to respect neighbours’ privacy.

“The application does generally meet all the requirements in the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan,” he said before the panel voted on Friday.

“The (only) issue with that plan at the moment is the impact on privacy and residential dwellings.”

Acting presiding member Rachel Chapman said there was no good reason to refuse the application as it has considerable merit.

“I think this additional condition plays some part in addressing some of the privacy concerns and overlooking in the terms of the adjoining property,” she said.

Earlier this week the panel refused a 10-storey development for another address in Lockhart Street, which proffered 84 dwellings and a restaurant.