Osborne Park: DAP approves five-storey office building

An artist's impression of the five-story office development approved for Osborne Park.
An artist's impression of the five-story office development approved for Osborne Park.

A FIVE-STOREY office complex is going ahead in Osborne Park despite the City of Stirling believing it is unsuitable for the area.

EMCO Building’s application to the Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel for the Edward Street development was deferred in July so several design aspects could be re-considered and consultation held with the City, which recommended refusal.

The panel considered a revised proposal with a larger outdoor area, increased first floor street setback and reduced parking bays this month.

But the City still recommended refusal because it was inconsistent with the proposed planning framework for the area and local planning policies.

The site is in the Herdsman Glendalough Area, which aims to provide a mix of residential, office and shopping areas surrounding Glendalough train station.

A City’s report said though the development reflected the “envisaged land uses” of the area, it did not address building height, setback, car parking, architectural expression, active edges and landscaping requirements.

But the panel believed the proposal aligned with the intent for the Herdsman Glendalough Area and approved the amended plans, subject to conditions such as keeping street trees and the provision of passive surveillance.