GROUND has been broken on the first big apartment project in Bayswater to take advantage of the Metronet rollout.
After more than three years wending through the planning approval process, One Foyle Road was the first major block of this scale to be approved under the city’s town centre structure plan.
But it’s the block that almost wasn’t: while the plans did not attract anywhere near the same level of public outrage as the controversial Yolk development at 9-11 King William Street, Bayswater council’s planning staff wanted to reject the Foyle Road application due to its “excessive bulk and scale”.
The final decision lay with the state government’s Development Assessment Panel, which approved it 4-1 in May last year.
The development will be built on a sloped car park, and the DAP said the application was “of sound architectural design that responded positively to its setting and difficult site configuration and topology.
“…The panel noted the development received overwhelming support from the local community and supported its positive contribution to the upgrade of the town centre.”
Mark D’Alessandro from JCM Property Group says the approval process was lengthy, but after three and a half years they’re glad to be finally turning the first sod.
He says he wanted to deliver a good design for Bayswater, and he says it’ll offer an affordable housing option with 17 apartments close to the Bayswater train station, which is due to be revamped as part of the Metronet upgrades.
Construction is estimated to finish late 2020.
by DAVID BELL