24/01/2017 - 14:04

Car parks a speedbump for Belmont hotels

24/01/2017 - 14:04

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Perth's hotel development boom is spilling out of the CBD and into the City of Belmont, but developers are encountering issues in providing enough parking to support their proposals.

Car parks a  speedbump for Belmont hotels
Architect’s rendering of Swantop’s Belmont hotel plan.

Perth's hotel development boom is spilling out of the CBD and into the City of Belmont, but developers are encountering issues in providing enough parking to support their proposals.

Development applications for three fresh hotel proposals in Belmont have been lodged since December last year.

The first proposal, which was approved by the Metropolitan Central development assessment panel in early December, comprises a 96-room hotel at 95 Great Eastern Highway.

Local architecture firm Campion Design Group was responsible for the project’s design, which was put forward by landowner Swantop Pty Ltd.

Swantop, which also owns the adjacent property, the Toorak Lodge hotel, was forced to reduce the size of its original proposal for the site, which was for a 160-room property that was rejected by the DAP last year, on the basis that the proposal did not provide an adequate amount of off-street parking.

Swantop’s approved plan includes 76 parking spaces in a car stacker facility and 50 parking bays at ground level.

A lack of car parking has also proved to be a barrier for a Wyndham Lux Hotel proposal at 61 Great Eastern Highway.

Modular building firm NXT TEC proposed to build a $40 million, 10-storey, 120 room hotel on the site, designed to be a demonstration project for its modular construction technology.

NXT TEC also had a previous proposal on its site rejected by the DAP, for an 8-level, 117 room hotel, however mediation through the State Administrative Tribunal produced a modified proposal, which contained 120 car bays and was approved in November last year.

However, NXT then proposed a reduction in car bays, with a modified application including just 70 parking spaces.

The DAP approved the project despite it being recommended for refusal by City of Belmont officers, on the basis that the hotel would likely attract more regional visitors that travel by car than anticipated by NXT.

NXT is also planning a resort and estate project in Chittering, which will comprise 46 individual estates and a hotel development comprising guest villas, restaurants, and recreational areas.

The third proposal, also approved today, comprised a 14-storey, 147-room hotel, with 40 serviced apartments, located at 155-157 Great Eastern Highway.

Landowners Lillian Franolich and Mark Barrington proposed to provide 147 car parking spaces for their hotel, satisfying the City of Belmont’s requirements.

But the proposal was the landowner’s second crack at the site, with a plan lodged last year to build a 141-room hotel along with 40 serviced apartments rejected by the DAP, again on car parking concerns.

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