12/11/2013 - 12:01

Panel rejects Swanbourne apartments

12/11/2013 - 12:01

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Panel rejects Swanbourne apartments
Blackburne Property Group managing director Paul Blackburne.

A five-storey, 204-apartment proposal by Blackburne Property Group has been refused planning approval by the Metro West Joint Development Assessment Panel.

The Swanbourne development, designed by Hillam Architects, was set to be one of the largest residential construction projects in Perth.

The Aria project’s estimated value was $135 million once completed, consisting of mostly two and three-bedroom apartments.

The Metro West JDAP unanimously refused the development citing its height, which exceeds City of Nedlands restrictions, its “excessive” plot ratio and “the excessive density and the resultant large number of units”.

Blackburne Property Group managing director Paul Blackburne said the company was assessing its options.

“Our understanding is that the designs comply," he said.

Mr Blackburne paid $8.2 million for the 6,552 square metre property on Alfred Road, on the site of the old Swanbourne high school.

The property was bought from LandCorp, which has undertaken development of the adjoining lots with low-density housing.

Blackburne Property Group has grown to become one of Perth’s larger developers, with several projects currently under way.

These include the Westgate commercial development in Subiaco, which is under construction after overcoming lengthy planning delays.

In addition, construction started last month at Blackburne’s five-storey Encore project on Roydhouse Road in Subiaco, and the seven-storey Proximity project in Rivervale.

Both residential developments have $20 million-plus construction contracts.

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