An artist's impression of the balconies proposed for the Lumiere project, designed by Hillam Architects.

Legal fight looms over tower rejection

The rejection by planning authorities of a 44-storey apartment proposal on Mill Point Road in South Perth is unlikely to be the last word in the battle over the contentious project.


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The South Perth council has approved the 'glass house' at 39 stories abd the Civic at 39 stories yet Lumieres project is knocked back. It doesn't appear consistent and proper planning and decision making.

Best news I have heard in a long time!

South Perth
SAT is being inundated by this type of appeal. The outcome is a lottery. As a betting man its 5-1 on the Developer!

Great news. Developers need to lower their height of the high rise buildings planned for this suburb. Who is going to buy all these apartments now that the Chinese government has applied restrictions on capital leaving China.

South Perth
The City of South Perth got us into this mess...they had better make sure this doesn't go ahead.

I think at the heart of this issue are the residents of South Perth basically unwilling to be a part of high density living. The world view of some are that there is a push to make South Perth an extension of the CBD and hence the "suburbanites" aren't too happy. In terms of who is going to buy these apartments, I would have thought the developers would only put through a mammoth proposal only on the basis they have enough participation? Surely some body corporate will be appointed to manage the commercial leases, however, the residential lots should be filled first before any consideration to move ahead with this project. In terms of overpopulation and congestion, I think with any major urban development in history, organic growth necessitate continued expansion of public infrastructure to address the growing population. There will be no need for any infrastructure upgrades otherwise. Lastly, if there are developers who have sourced funds to build this thing, then my view is that the capital structure sits permanently here. It would create work locally and ultimately, as and when the lots are filled, the denser living will lend toward the CBD creep (which is what organic growth should be for a growing and bustling city). If South Perth doesn't support this equation, then we need a council that makes it their mandate to oppose high density living period.

I live on Mill Point Rd near the Lumiere site, and in my opinion, the space simply is not large enough to accommodate more than 10 stories. I am not opposed to high rise living, I have spent most of my life in large Asian metropolitan cities and sometimes I do miss the hustle and bustle of those cities, but keep in mind that the proposed Lumiere site is on just three former (and not very large) townhouses. I'm not sure how they thought they could possibly fit 44 stories there comfortably, it would be an incredible eye sore and look very out of place.

Sorrento WA
Decisions on an acceptable scale of development must consider the surrounding environment in which such developments are proposed, rather than in isolation from their surrounding environment. This is necessary to ensure that any proposed development 'fits-in' with the structure and amenity of surrounding area. Many of the recent community comments on the high-rise developments and the Development Assessment Panels indicate that the community is not opposed to development, but rather , concern from the community that some developments are simply out-of-scale with the surrounding area in which they are proposed. Local communities are likely to be supportive of redevelopment that has appropriate regard to the surrounding area. Whilst it may be an understandable position for Developers to seek to maximise the scale of their developments in order to maximise their commercial return, this can lead to Developers testing the extent to which the approvals system can be pushed and gets local communities offside. Acceptable scales of development can only be achieved where Developers actively engage with the local community, in which compromise can be reached and development approvals obtained in a reasonable timeframe. If such active engagement and discussion with local communities does not occur, then we can only expect further community opposition, appeals, and lengthy timeframes for approvals.

This debate seems twofold - firstly - a council decision to remove height limits - making this decision has already occurred. To reverse that mandate, (so it seems from the outside) midway through a practically compliant development, that a large group of professional minds in the community have worked hard to create, is not consistent with what one would expect from responsible local government. Secondly, the debate about high density in leafy South Perth. Increased density in this precinct bolsters Perth's move toward maturity as a city, allowing further activation and positive change - a move away from 'dullsville' towards a vibrant metropolis focused on the river. This close to the CBD, the bigger picture becomes important since decisions in this zone affect the whole city by virtue of adding much needed life to it, in a very effective way. But this debate has already occurred it seems and the council acted on in it a positive way, by removing height limits. Or did they?

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