THE Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) WA is pushing for higher density developments on the South Perth peninsula to go ahead, despite concerns from local residents.
Following the recent refusal of a “non-compliant” 41-storey tower on Lyall Street by the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) on May 14, PIA WA said that well located apartment developments were a step in the right direction to combating Perth’s urban sprawl.
PIA WA president Ray Haeren said that as a city of two million people, Perth needed to embrace higher density living – with the most appropriate locations for these in inner city locations with high amenity and good transport.
“Perth has a history of thinking change is going to bring disaster, however this is part of the evolution of our city,” he said.
“We are moving from awkward adolescence to maturing into a world class city and we cannot continue to grow on the fringes.
“We need to create viable and vibrant opportunities for people to live near jobs, transport and the amenity of the city especially if Perth is to achieve the estimated 3.5 million population by 2050.”
The $180 million development designed by Hillam Architects was initially received by the City of South Perth in February 2016.
It has since been revised several times with issues such as car parking, podium height, building height and set backs still noted as non-compliant in officers’ reports.
Mr Haeren said the work the City undertook during the consultation process for the development over many years should not be dismissed based on localised reactions once development commenced.
But JDAP acting residing member Sheryl Chaffer said given the number times the applicant had requested an extension of time on the application, it was clear the plans should have been suitable and another approval for an extension of time rather that an outright refusal would not have made much of a difference.
Hillam Architects are the designers for two other applications pending for sites on the South Perth peninsula including 72-74 Mill Point Road – which is undergoing mediation through the State Administrative Tribunal – and 50-52 Melville Parade, which was deferred by JDAP earlier this year.