04/10/2019 - 15:44

Finbar Group's Civic Heart rejected at JDAP

04/10/2019 - 15:44

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Western Australia’s biggest apartments developer is evaluating its options after its second proposal for the flagship Civic Triangle site in South Perth was knocked back by planning authorities.

An architect's rendering of Finbar Group's second Civic Heart proposal. Image: Finbar Group

Western Australia’s biggest apartments developer is evaluating its options after its second proposal for the flagship Civic Triangle site in South Perth was knocked back by planning authorities.

The Metropolitan Central Joint Development Assessment Panel today rejected Finbar Group's revised Civic Heart plan, which was proposed to include 320 apartments across two towers, with an end value of $365 million. 

Finbar Group managing director Darren Pateman said the developer would assess its options following the  decision, but reiterated its determination to deliver an iconic project befitting of the landmark site.

“We’re disappointed by this decision but remain committed to delivering a sophisticated and vibrant development that will become a focal point for the community for years to come,” Mr Pateman said.

“We’re currently reviewing the decision in detail to determine our next move, and will continue working constructively and in good faith with all stakeholders to bring this project to construction.” 

Earlier this year, Finbar Group lodged new its proposal at 1 Mends Street after it had shelved the project in 2017 due to ongoing certainty with the suburb’s planning scheme.

The new proposal, which was scaled back from the original plan, came after Planning Minister Rita Saffioti ratified new planning guidelines for the site, putting in place a special control area to facilitate the development of the land bordered by Mends Street, Mill Point Road and Labouchere Road. 

A City of South Perth spokesperson said the council was not able to provide details on why the proposal was knocked back today.

The proposal was recommended for approval by City of South Perth planning officers.

However, state government architect Geoff Warn, appointed to assess the project through the planning process by the City of South Perth, said prior to today’s JDAP meeting that the proposal lacked the “memorability and distinctiveness” required for the landmark status of the site.

Mr Warn made several recommendations for changes to the proposal, including improving its character and aesthetics, more trees to be integrated into the plan, more innovation in materials to be utilised and additional amenity to be provided for the surrounding community.

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