Claremont Oval development rejected by assessment panel

An architect’s image of the proposed The Terraces development at Claremont Oval.
An architect’s image of the proposed The Terraces development at Claremont Oval.

A JOINT development assessment panel (JDAP) agreed with Claremont Council and rejected a design for the final development around Claremont Oval in Claremont.

The JDAP agreed the $55 million, eight-storey The Terraces apartments proposed by Iris Residential varied from design guidelines for the North East Precinct, in which the oval sits north of the Fremantle railway line.

Panel members found the designed entry for cars from Shenton Road was potentially unsafe and inconsistent with the precinct’s structure plan, the building on the 7418 sq m site was two to three storeys higher than allowed, and other parts of the structure could potentially create a wind tunnel.

A gap to create views did not conform with the plan, and the building did not have a look consistent with the guidelines’ need for a “hard built edge” that framed the oval.

Claremont Council recommended the JDAP reject the design because of breaches of the design guidelines at its August 21 meeting.

Mayor Jock Barker said the JDAP’s subsequent decision supported the council’s vision for the precinct.

“Claremont on the Park is a well-respected and nationally acclaimed design because all developers have appropriately addressed the council’s design requirements, but unfortunately Iris Residential did not,” Mr Barker said.

He said the greater height was the issue, not the proposed design which would have been supported if it had fulfilled all precinct plans and guidelines, but the council would work with Iris and the JDAP on improvements if the rejection was taken to the State Administrative Tribunal.

Asked if they would go to SAT or work with the JDAP and the council on a new design, a spokeswoman for Iris Residential said t was taking legal advice on its next steps.