A DEVELOPMENT assessment panel (JDAP) found six reasons to refuse a controversial proposal for a beachside cafe and nine apartments at 220 Marine Parade, at the northern-most end of Cottesloe.
“The proposed development does not comply with the Local Planning Scheme No 3 (LSP3) with respect to the maximum permitted building height and number of storey in a residential R25 zone,” the Metro-West JDAP said in its unanimous decision after a hearing last week.
Bibra Lake-based proponent Marc Ratta had no public support during Cottesloe council consultation to replace a currently rented red brick complex near the Vera View dog beach, and more than 1km form the nearest beachfront high-rise allowed in the local planning scheme.
Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins took the council’s lawyer to the hearing to argue against the proposal, which bypassed the council’s decision-making process because Peter Webb and Associates took the option of going to the JDAP, which can consider projects worth more than $2 million,
In its decision, the JDAP said the cafe was also not allowed in LPS3, the development was not a non-conforming use allowed by the council and it did not complement the character of the beachfront street.
The application also failed because there was not enough information about street setback, lot boundaries, light, parking, privacy, sightlines and landscaping.
The JDAP system has previously been criticised as a way for developers to get approval for projects that rile communities.
“I hope this decision on 220 is a huge message for anyone who may use that avenue, because it was a unanimous decision,” Ms Dawkins said.
Ms Dawkins said she did not expect the proposal had been an ambit claim that could prompt and alter new application because what was allowed was set out “extremely clearly” in LPS3 and the council’s responsible authority report to the JDAP.
Mr Ratta has been contacted for comment.