City of Subiaco Councillors Reject Hay St Development

Artist’s impression of the proposed multi-use building on Hay Street, which was rejected by the City of Subiaco.
Artist’s impression of the proposed multi-use building on Hay Street, which was rejected by the City of Subiaco.

CITY of Subiaco councillors this week refused an application for a six-storey building with offices, shops and 72 apartments for Hay Street.

The application was made by TPG Town Planning for the demolition of existing buildings at blocks 263-277 on the popular street to allow for the construction of a new multi-use building, which would also have two levels of basement parking and a restaurant.

Councillors went against the officer recommendation to approve it, finding the proposed building did not comply with clause 44(7) of Town Planning Scheme 4 and would have adverse impact on the amenity due to its height and bulk.

They also found there was insufficient car parking for the restaurant.

Councillors debated the issue and their vote came after six residents, Garry Kosovich, Gabrielle and John Bouffler, Anita Sykes-Kelleher, Ines Janca, and Jackie Greenshields, spoke against the proposed development, also citing the height exceeding the limit and the carpark shortfall as major factors.

Mrs Bouffler said it would be “an absolute blight on the area” and Mr Bouffler said 90 2L bins lining the street on rubbish collection day would be “problematic”.

Ms Sykes-Kelleher, on behalf of Linda Rogers, said the 19m wall on Churchill Street would be an “insult” and “snub” to the community.

Ms Janca said a proposed development could not be slightly non-compliant, like a woman cannot be slightly pregnant, therefore it should not be approved.

Councillor Julie Matheson moved the alternative motion that was passed 9-1.

Only Cr Lynley Hewett voted against it.

Cr Hewett argued every time the council rejected a $30 million development it would be taken elsewhere.