Deadline to advertise D2 plan

Mr Day said his decision to extend the proposed planning scheme amendment was prompted by D2 Property’s development plans for the old Subiaco Pavilion Market site.

The Cityrefused to advertise a scheme amendment for 19 storeys on the site in 2012.

‘I support the advertising of the proposal as it is consistent with the State’s policy to promote greater density development close to public transport,’ Mr Day said.

‘I encourage the City of Subiaco to look at all applications including those with height limits higher than currently prescribed within the City’s Town Planning Framework.’

After Mr Day’s announcement, a D2 Property spokesman said the developer was one step closer to creating a vibrant and energetic new town centre for Subiaco.

‘We believe the pavilion site proposal will inject more street life into the town centre to the benefit of all existing businesses, residents and visitors,’ he said.

Although Mayor Heather Henderson said Subiaco council had made its opinion of high-rise developments very clear, she said the City had no right of appeal and must comply with the provisions of Mr Day’s order.

‘It is now up to the community to have their say and provide feedback on the latest scheme amendment proposal,’ Mrs Henderson said.

Subiaco chief executive Stephen Tindale said the City would present a recommendation to Mr Day after the advertising process, however the final decision rested with Mr Day.

Subiaco Business Association president Geoff Parnell said he believed Mr Day had already made clear what his final decision would be.

‘This is an important milestone for Subiaco, and it’s frustrating that it got to the point that the Government had to step in,’ Mr Parnell said.

‘The issue is that the oval closes in 2018 and we will no longer have 40,000 people coming through Subiaco every week. We need to start making changes right now.’