29/03/2021 - 15:30

$30m coastal apartments get go-ahead

29/03/2021 - 15:30

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Perth-based property developer ADC_ has today received development approval for its $30 million residential project at Leighton Beach.

$30m coastal apartments get go-ahead
The six-storey development is located 200 metres from Leighton Beach. Image: MJA Studio

Perth-based property developer ADC_  (formerly Australian Development Capital) has today received development approval for its $30 million residential project at Leighton Beach.

The proposal for the beachside site, located across from the Dingo Flour Mill, was approved by the Metro-Inner-South-Joint-Development-Assessment Panel this afternoon.

The 1,485 square metre site is located on the former Leighton rail marshalling yards, within the Leighton Development Area in North Fremantle.

ADC_ plans to develop a six-storey building, featuring 46 residential apartments with 14 apartments offering ‘dual key’ flexibility: the ability to provide owners with the option to configure the apartment floorplan as a two-bedroom or one-bedroom apartment with a separately accessed studio apartment.

The project offers a combined residential and short-stay accommodation opportunity, which ADC_ said was the first of its kind in Western Australia, enabling owners to either live in their apartment, rent their apartment long-term or as short-stay via a centralised management service, or a combination of the two made possible by the dual-key floorplan.

“This project is the exciting final addition to the Freeman Loop component of the Leighton Development Area,” ADC_ director Adam Zorzi said.

“It will deliver a beautiful collection of premium-quality beachside apartments, which will seamlessly connect to the beach and the evolving Leighton cafe, bar and restaurant scene, and is also just a short walk from the North Fremantle small bar and restaurant precinct.”

He said ADC_ had worked in collaboration with architects MJA Studio to form an architectural design it was hoped would respect and respond to the local surrounding locality, as well as create a new range of apartments for owner-occupiers and investors.

During the public consultation period, the City of Fremantle received 139 submissions, including a 202-person petition objecting to the proposal, according to the JDAP meeting agenda.

A significant number of objections were in relation to building height and that it would impact adjoining properties with respect to loss of views and building bulk.

Residents within the Leighton Beach precinct’s apartments to the south expressed concern that their apartments in the adjacent building would have their outlook and access to daylight via their balconies impacted.

To address this, earlier this year ADC_ submitted amended plans that moved a portion of the proposed development away from the southern site boundary by three metres.

Within the local planning scheme that governs the landholding, there is a prescribed default building height of five storeys.

However, there is a clause that enables a variation of height to be permitted if the JDAP is satisfied that it won’t be detrimental to the amenity of the adjoining properties or the locality generally, among other factors.

Following today’s JDAP approval, ADC_ expects to start construction on the project later this year.

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