15/07/2022 - 12:35

Panel defers proposed Nedlands apartment changes

15/07/2022 - 12:35

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Gurner Group and Grange Development will have to wait a few more months to amend its $320 million Nedlands apartment project despite a three-hour meeting by a planning body.

Panel defers proposed Nedlands apartment changes
Updated design for apartments at the Chellingworth Motors site, Nedlands. Image: Elenberg Fraser.

Victoria-based Gurner Group and Grange Development will have to wait a few more months to amend its $320 million Nedlands apartment project despite a three-hour meeting by a planning body today.

Urbanista Town Planning, on behalf of the landowners, lodged a Form 2 application to amend the project at the Chellingworth Motors site, 97-105 Stirling Highway.

The application is to increase the height of the central tower from 17 storeys to 21 storeys, ten additional car bays in the 506-bay carpark and an additional 137 apartments.

Business News reported in March that east coast property developer Gurner Group joined partners Grange Development and Costa Property Group to build the apartment project.

The Metro Inner-North Joint Development Assessment Panel members spent more than an hour of the meeting behind closed doors this morning to inspect additional documents and discuss the legalities of the Form 2 application, which deals with minor changes to an already approved development.

However, the panel still decided 3-2 to defer the application for 60 days to "obtain all information" from the applicant's presentation.

The JDAP approved a $320 million application for a 231-apartment across three towers of up to 24 storeys at the Chellingworth Motors site in February last year after initially refusing it in 2020.

The current application would take the number of apartments from the approved 231 to 368.

Other amendments include the floor areas for the central and eastern towers increasing but a decrease in floor area of the western tower.

Panel member and City of Nedlands councillor Fergus Bennett voiced his concerns about not having all the documentation needed but Urbanista director Bianca Sandri said all related plans to the updated design had been submitted to the city.

Ms Sandri said the essence of the application was still the same.

“The development is still a mixed use development consistent with the zone,” she said.

“While multiple dwelling numbers have increased, they have increased without composition change to the plot ratio.”


The applicant is seeking to amend the $320 million apartment development. Image: Elenberg Fraser.

The City of Nedlands has opposed the updated design in its responsible authority report, recommending the panel refuse the Form 2 application.

“The proposed alterations to land uses will significantly change the essence development from being a firmly mixed-use development to being predominantly residential,” the report said.

“The application proposes built form changes which would result in a development which is visibly different to that approved."

The applicant is also proposing to replace four shop tenancies with four restaurant or café tenancies with changes to the car parking requirements.

There is also a proposed removal of the mezzanine and 3,434 square metres of office space in the mezzanine and first level.

The updated application shows the first level replaced with a residential communal facility and north-west apartments on the second floor to be replaced with a communal pool, sauna and terrace.

A bridge connecting the east tower with the central and western towers has been proposed to replace the initial design of a connecting podium on the first floor.

Business News reported in March the project's end value was expected to be $500 million.

Victoria-based Grange Development also lodged plans to build a $350 million timber tower in South Perth earlier this year.

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