East Perth proposal stalled

A PROPOSAL to demolish the Berkley Flats at 190 Adelaide Terrace and replace them with a nineteen-storey building housing 106 serviced apartments, a function centre, cafe and medical consulting rooms has been deferred by council.

The $11 million application was deferred because it was not considered worthy of the bonus plot ratio it would require in its current form.

Applicants Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodlands architects had asked for the 7 per cent plot bonus ratio.

A staff note to council said a revised proposal including a front courtyard designed to provide a user friendly area, a comfortable setting, including protection from the elements and greater public accessibility could be considered favourably.

Another matter concerning council is the car parking for the proposed development. The applicant has asked for 100 car bays while council’s policy only allows thirty-five.

Council’s heritage adviser also recommended the demolition of the Berkley Flats buildings as the “place is of local heritage significance”.

However, while the building is listed on council’s draft Municipal Heritage Inventory, the Heritage Council of WA does not consider it to be worthy of entry onto its Register of Heritage Places.

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