The developer behind the shelved Puma Petrol Station in Dunsborough has had its $22 million replacement proposal shot down, despite lodging revised plans in an 11th-hour bid to gain approval.
The developer behind the shelved Puma Petrol Station in Dunsborough has had its $22 million replacement proposal shot down, despite lodging revised plans in an 11th-hour bid to win over the assessment panel.
Developer DCSC had lodged a development application to build a six-storey multi-use development featuring 13 office tenancies, four shops, two restaurant/cafes, a liquor store and 42 dwellings.
The proposal, lodged by consultancy Planning Solutions, was earmarked for two vacant lots at the corner of Dunn Bay Road and Cyrillean Way in Dunsborough, which have a combined size of 5,435 square metres.
That parcel was the centre of contention several years ago when the proposed petrol station faced fierce opposition from lobby group Puma2go and was the subject of WA Supreme Court and Court of Appeal rulings.
According to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, developer DCSC Pty is a syndicate involving Primewest director Jim Litis, Zinn’s Liquor Store’s former owner Gary Zinnecker, Stocker Preston director Peter De Chiera, and failed civil contractor Brierty’s former director Kylie Brierty.
Public consultation on the proposal last month attracted 783 public submissions, 755 of which opposed the development.
The City of Busselton backed the community’s position, recommending the proposal be refused on the basis that the height and bulk of the development was “excessive” and inconsistent with the future scale and character of the area.
It also raised concerns about the impact of the proposal on traffic.
In response, Planning Solutions lodged revised plans in an 11th-hour bid to gain approval, removing 600sqm of commercial office space to reduce the overall building height from five storeys to four storeys.
In addition, it reduced the bulk and scale of the proposal from Cyrillean Way by bringing levels three, four and five back from the street by three metres.
But the changes weren’t enough to satisfy the concerns of the Regional Development Assessment Panel, which unanimously backed the city’s recommendation to refuse the proposal before a gallery of almost 80 people during a two-and-a-half hour meeting this afternoon.
Panel members agreed the amended proposal still constituted an overdevelopment of the site and said the changes, while welcome, did not go far enough to address the concerns of the city and the community.
Presiding member Ray Haeren said the issue of a six-torey development within the town centre couldn’t be reconciled through conditions on the approval and said granting the proposal approval would set a precedent.