Too high for Highgate folk

A GROUP of Highgate residents are fighting to block a five-storey apartment complex, saying it will blight their streetscape of mostly 1900s character homes.

Two older homes on the block have already been knocked down to make way for the 40-unit complex, while another is also facing demolition.

Imposing

The residents say developer Momentum Wealth’s proposal isn’t good enough to earn height bonuses allowed in Vincent planning scheme for “exemplary design excellence”.

They say it’ll have an imposing facade, cut green space from the block, and won’t meet road setback requirements.

“At close to 17 metres and two storeys above planning policy, the community is naturally concerned about the detrimental impact on our character streetscape,” resident group spokesperson James Singh says.

•This group of Highgate residents are outraged that a five-storey apartment complex is being considered for their quiet street. Photo by Steve Grant

•This group of Highgate residents are outraged that a five-storey apartment complex is being considered for their quiet street. Photo by Steve Grant

“We’re certainly not opposed to density in Highgate and have seen many great developments here, but the scale of this is just ridiculous.”

Over 30 residents have made submissions against the complex, and the group has now garnered support from MLA Eleni Evangel  and former Perth MP and WA planning minister Alannah MacTiernan.

Ms Evangel thinks it’s “gross over-development”, while Ms MacTiernan argues it’s symptomatic of excessive discretion in the development assessment panel process, which she wants overhauled.

“The envelope for discretion is becoming so great; you have people who are unaccountable making decisions … we really need to do something to reign in the discretion of DAPs”, Ms MacTiernan said.

The community group met with the developer last week, but say their concerns “fell on deaf ears”.

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One response to “Too high for Highgate folk

  1. These horror projects are completely lacking in ascetic & sustainable features. Developers are building the slums of the future all in the name of a quick buck now. It’s even worse when our precious green spaces are offered up for unsuitable unit development as is the case in Bassendean where LandCorp want to build 450 units on public open space. Enough.

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