The Metro West Joint Development Assessment Panel has approved a contentious West Leederville development.

Cambridge Mayor Simon Withers.
Cambridge Mayor Simon Withers.

THE Metro West Joint Development Assessment Panel has approved a contentious West Leederville development.

Town of Cambridge Mayor Simon Withers and Councillor Corinne MacRae were members of the JDAP rejected the Psaros application; however, Megan Bartle and Clayton Higham voted in favour. Ms Bartle cast the deciding vote to pass the application.

Ms Bartle said West Leederville was earmarked as a redevelopment area.

‘The reason we are back, is that as presiding member, I believed that we had come a long way with the application,’ Ms Bartle said.

‘The policy is there to guide us.’

Mr Higham said he did not have a problem with the proposal but believed the Town of Cambridge’s policy needed changes.

‘The application falls within the parameters of the policy,’ Mr Higham said.

‘The policy has guided development in this direction.’

Cr MacRae said the development on Northwood Street would be detrimental to the West Leederville community.

‘I don’t think it’s in the spirit of the policy,’ Cr MacRae said. ‘We’ve created a problem for residents. The policy is definitely in need of review. I don’t support the application.’

Ron Hastings spoke for the group of residents opposing the application and said it was ‘disgusting’ that he was attending his fourth meeting for the application.

‘This development can’t be viewed in isolation,’ Mr Hastings said.

‘Our concerns are still as acute as they were in the first stage.

‘It still exceeds the maximum plot ratio and permitted height.’