Council reveals concerns over Shenton Park development

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SUBIACO councillors will share their “grave concerns” with the Metro West JDAP about a $2.75 million four-storey apartment block development in Shenton Park.

Councillors agreed at a council meeting on Tuesday to pass on their concerns to Metro West JDAP for consideration when deciding to either accept or reject the development at 95 Evans Street.

“What we’re doing is telling Metro West JDAP what we think,” Cr David McMullen said.

“We’re telling the JDAP these are our concerns; don’t overlook them, give them specific critical assessment and make a decision for yourself.”

Councillors were concerned with the site’s non-compliance with zoning guidelines under Town Planning scheme No.4 (TPS4).

The site is zoned as R80 under TPS4, which prescribes a maximum building height of 12.5m

However, the development calls for an apartment building with a 0.75m variation as well as a roof top plant with a 1.8m variation.

The development was also unwelcome during public consultation, after 76 submissions were received with only 15 in support and 59 against.

“This is not actively giving back to community, it’s dismissing concerns,” Cr Hugh Richardson said.

A Responsible Authority Report said discretion was granted due to the height having “no undue adverse impact” on the look of the streetscape and adjoining residential properties.

Shenton Park resident Sarah Hopps said the decision would seal the fate of the 90-year-old kindergarten next door.