South Perth: JDAP defers decision on 33-storey Melville Parade tower for three months

Artist impression of development for 50-52 Melville Parade, South Perth.
Artist impression of development for 50-52 Melville Parade, South Perth.

A DECISION to approve a development application for a 33-storey tower on Melville Parade has been deferred for three months in order to give developers a chance to amend their plans.

The application from Niche Living Homes proposes a 107m tower including a 21m podium of which 13.4m directly adjoins neighbouring properties.

The Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) today unanimously adopted the procedural motion to defer consideration of the application on the grounds that further investigation for mitigating amenity impacts on adjoining properties was advisable.

The panel suggested that Niche Living Homes consider reviewing options of basement parking, or additional setbacks, with City of South Perth officers in order to reduce the bulk and scale of the 13.4m podium abutting 3 Bowman Street.

At a special council meeting on February 6, Mayor Sue Doherty said the council considered the development had an unacceptable amenity impact on the adjoining owners.

“The development at 3 Bowman Street is taken in the Responsible Authority Report (RAR) as not being contemporary yet there is no definition of contemporary in our town planning scheme and without a clear understanding of what is contemporary and what is not the RAR in my view presents a subjective comment and assessment,” she said.

“This leads on to the argument that the zero site set back for the podium is again subjective as the local government does have the capacity to determine set backs to determine light and solar penetration between buildings which 3 Bowman Street is to be denied due to the bulk and scale of this development.”

Niche Living Homes does have the ability to refute the motion with the State Administrative Tribunal.

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