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.
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.
“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”.