South Perth: 44-storey development on Lyall St refused by JDAP

South Perth: 44-storey development on Lyall St refused by JDAP

THE Metropolitan Central Joint Development Assessment Panel unanimously refused an application for a 44-storey development on Lyall Street this morning.

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

The panel rejected the proposal due to its height of 137.55 metres and the impact on residential areas and Perth Zoo.

There were 17 deputations made at the meeting, with 11 supporting refusal of the application, including South Perth mayor Sue Doherty.

Concerned residents spoke on issues of waste management, traffic, safety, overshadowing and the power reduction on Perth Zoo solar panels.

City of South Perth Residents Association chairperson Cecilia Brooke said it was bitterly disappointing to be described as ‘irresponsible boomers’ by the developers in the media.

Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly said the proposed development complied fully to the letter and there has been a blanket opposition to all high rise developments in South Perth.

“This new development will significantly raise the bar not only in South Perth but in WA,” he said.

Presiding member Megan Adair said the height was permissible but there was a vacuum in the framework.

“I’ve not seen or heard anything that convinces me on the height,” she said.

“There is no proportionality on community assets to the added height.”

City of South Perth administration said issues on height limit and calibrating discretion would be dealt in the upcoming Draft Activity Centre Plan.