JDAP rejects $180m, 43-storey development in South Perth

An artist's impression of the South Perth development by Hillam Architects that was knocked back.
An artist's impression of the South Perth development by Hillam Architects that was knocked back.

A NON-COMPLIANT development application for a 43-storey mixed use development on Lyall Street, South Perth was unanimously refused by the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) today , despite a recommendation for deferral.

The $180 million application by Hillam Architects was initially received by the City of South Perth in February 2016 and includes an eight-storey podium, 191 dwellings, 28 commercial tenancies and 370 car bays.

More than two years on, the original plans have been revised more than five times and issues such as carparking, podium height, building height and set backs remain non-compliant to the current planning framework.

Hillam Architects have two other applications pending for sites in the South Perth peninsula including 72-74 Mill Point Road, which is currently undergoing mediation through the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) after its fourth court rejection and 50-52 Melville Parade which the JDAP deferred in February in order to give the applicant time to revise aspects of its plans which the panel believed inappropriate.

The architects also had a 43-storey development in Scarborough rejected by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority in December, 2017.

JDAP acting residing member Sheryl Chaffer said a deferral was not appropriate as the plan would have required enough significant changes and further community consultation to warrant a new application.

“I had no hesitation in considering that a deferral was not appropriate,” she said.

“Given the advise of the number of requests for extension of time it is clear ample time has been get a suitable plan.

“If a deferral was given to create a compliant plan, it would require significant enough changes for it to be unrecognisable enough to warrant it being a new application.”

Hillam spokeswoman Mandy Leung said the company was intending to prepare a revised design for the application but wanted more certainty on the JDAP’s interpretation and implementation of the South Perth Station Precinct planning controls, which was expected once their other applications were reconsidered.

“We will be going to SAT to dispute the decision,” she said.

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