Metro Central JDAP to decide on 44-storey in South Perth

An artist's impression of the proposed 44-storey building.
An artist's impression of the proposed 44-storey building.

THE application for a 42-storey building in South Perth will be decided by the Metropolitan Central Joint Development Assessment Panel next week, with council hoping it will be knocked back.

City of South Perth endorsed the Responsible Authority Report for refusal to the Metropolitan Central JDAP at the council meeting on Tuesday.

Sirona Capital lodged the application for a 42-storey and two basement mixed development on 31 Labouchere Road and 24 Lyall Street in May 2018.

The City’s reasons for refusal include the scale of the proposed development not being considered compatible with the current setting as the overall height is significantly greater than the established height pattern in the immediate locality.

Other reasons include the lack of certainty that the development will be compatible with the desired future setting of the precinct.

Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly said it could be difficult but it was not impossible for a JDAP to approve a project without endorsement from the local government.

“We have followed the scheme and the process to the letter, a difficult task given the shifting sands which seem to be at play,” he said.

“What Sirona is doing is thinking about the subsequent generations of South Perth residents who are looking to live in that area and who embrace density, given the suburb’s proximity to Perth’s CBD.”

South Perth resident Mark Paskos said he spoke against the application as an individual at the council meeting but worked closely with action groups in the area.

“We would like the application rejected and any re-submission to be closer to existing heights of buildings in the Special Design Area,” he said.

“There has been no objective demonstration that the community needs towers of this size, nor the net benefits that these towers will bring.

“Basically it is a CBD-sized building, and actually looks like a CBD building, in a residential area.”

The Metropolitan Central JDAP meeting will be held at South Perth Civic Centre at 9am on Wednesday, December 5.