Developer fails to score with design blowing away Claremont planning goals

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.

CLAREMONT Council does not back apartments that will create wind gusts and make goals harder to kick at Claremont Oval in its flagship North East Precinct (NEP) development.

“Advice received indicated the proposed development might create additional wind turbulence to the southern football goals compared to the heights stipulated of a minimum four, and maximum of six storeys, provided in the Detailed Area Plan, due to the proposed breaks in the building’s edge along the oval for southerly winds,” a report said last night.

Developer Iris Residential proposed The Terrace of 142 apartments and nine offices costing more than $55 million on a 7418 sq m Shenton Road site in the NEP’s south corner of the oval.

A joint development assessment panel have the final say because the development costs more than $10m.

The report said eight storeys would be seen from the road and seven from the oval, but while the design was consistent with the local planning scheme it did not conform with parts of the NEP’s other building rules.

Issues included changing required parking to 298 bays, potentially sub-dividing the site, vehicles using adjacent Tiger Way, two to three-storey height changes and altered spaces for views.

The report said the issues would have to be conditions in a building permit if the development got JDAP approval.

Element urban design executive chair Andrew Howe said the other rules could not cater for the proposal’s “innovations and creative designs”, and the council and DAP should take a “flexible position” considering the proposal.

Element planning principal Murray Casselton said the extra height was sought so it did not have a negative impact on the Shenton Road streetscape.

Iris Residential chief operating officer Tania Trevisan said none of the company’s 1300 apartments at other sites had been refused, and it had “heavily invested” in Claremont.However, councillors agreed the JDAP be told to not approve the Shenton Road proposal.