20/06/2022 - 14:48

Failed $22m Dunsborough plan revived

20/06/2022 - 14:48

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The developer behind the failed $22 million Dugalup Centre in Dunsborough has lodged a scaled back iteration of the plan in a last-ditch attempt to revive it.

Failed $22m Dunsborough plan revived
DCSC has lodged a scaled back iteration of the $22 million Dugalup Centre in Dunsborough. Image: Hames Sharley

The developer behind the failed $22 million Dugalup Centre in Dunsborough has lodged a scaled back iteration of the plan in a last-ditch attempt to revive it.

In January, the regional planning body unanimously rejected developer DCSC’s plan to build a six-storey multi-use development featuring 13 office tenancies, four shops, two restaurants, a liquor store and 42 dwellings.

The centre was earmarked for two vacant lots spanning 5,435 square metres at the corner of Dunn Bay Road and Cyrillean Way, the site of the shelved Puma petrol station proposal.

The City of Busselton had pushed for DCSC’s application to be refused on the basis that its scale was “excessive” and inconsistent with the character of the area, sentiments echoed in the 755 public submissions that opposed it.

DCSC slashed the commercial office space and reduced the overall building height in an 11th-hour bid to gain approval, but it wasn’t enough to win over members of the Regional Joint Development Assessment Panel.

The plan was one of several mid-rise developments proposed for Dunsborough, prompting debate about the prescribed height limits in the town centre now and into the future.

The developer took to the State Administrative Tribunal demanding a review of the decision, prompting mediation between the two parties.

At the request of SAT, DCSC has now provided modified plans to the city and the Regional JDAP, requesting it set aside its January decision and approve the revised proposal.

The building height has been reduced by one storey on both Dunn Bay Road and Cyrillean Way, with the frontages dropping from four to three storeys and six down to five storeys respectively.

The number of apartments has been cut back to 35 and the amount of commercial space proposed has almost halved.

The latest design iteration by architects Hames Sharley, the third to be lodged by the proponent, is expected to reach the Regional JDAP next week.

According to ASIC, developer DCSC Pty Ltd 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.

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