Six storey, $31 million apartment complex approved for Dianella

An artist's impression of the apartment building.
An artist's impression of the apartment building.

A SIX-STOREY $31 million apartment complex has been granted development approval in Dianella.

Company Hanssen, which owns the Chester Avenue site, applied to the Metro North West Development Assessment Panel for a 165-dwelling building.

It replaces its previous approved application for 163 dwellings across four buildings.

Ashley Richards and Associates architect Ashley Richards told the panel at the May 7 meeting that the change allowed for increased boundary setbacks and reduced impact on adjoining properties.

“We consider this to be a good outcome for the site,” he said.

“It’s almost a take on a resort-style building but it will still be affordable.”

The complex features 42 one-bedroom, 106 two-bedroom and 17 three-bedroom apartments, 245 car bays including 43 visitor bays, 83 bike bays, a communal swimming pool, barbecue pavilions and a gym.

Mr Richards said the revised plan was one storey less than the previous one and the focus was on providing “good affordability”.

Residents’ overwhelmingly objected to the proposal during public consultation, with only 19 of the responses in support.

Objections mainly related to concerns about increased traffic, parking, building height, privacy, noise and perceived impact on property values, with 35 per cent of respondents living within 100m of the site.

But the City’s report found it met relevant requirements and objectives, and recommended approval subject to 32 conditions.

The panel unanimously agreed and presiding member Ray Haeren said the outcome was “more in line with community expectations”.

“To be aligned with both the strategic objectives and able to be delivered in the current market conditions is a positive thing,” he said.

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