Restrict areas for city living developments

INNER City living should be restricted to the areas recommended by the Inner City Housing Taskforce in 1992, says Time Conti Sheffield managing director Paul Conti.

He told Business News that six precincts were chosen by the task force as being appropriate for inner city living.

These were the Trafalgar or East Perth Redevelopment Authority land, Goderich precinct, Mounts Bay, Kings, Northbridge and Beaufort.

The taskforce recommended no development outside these six villages.

However, while the six areas had received extra attention for inner city developments, apartments were also springing up in isolated areas through the Central Business District.

Mr Conti said, besides the issue of security, other benefits stemmed from developing inner city ‘villages’, including commercial opportunities.

“Shops will also prosper in these villages,” he said.

Mr Conti said he could foresee problems with having apartments stand side by side with commercial activities.

“You will have some conflict of land use which is unfair to the commercial people,” he said.

For example, if an apartment block existed in the CBD and neighbouring owners wanted to develop a commercial building, there could be an uproar from the apartment tenants because of issues like losing sunlight or views, Mr Conti said.

He said a typical example was the development of the Railway Institute on Wellington Street by Homeswest.

There was a dispute over noise from the nearby Gobbles nightclub which had been in operation for years and was within the commercial district.

“We need to plan to avoid these conflicts,” Mr Conti said.

Mr Conti raised his concerns at a recent briefing he gave to the newly established Central Perth Planning Committee.

“In the future you will have problems because of this scattering and perhaps that’s one of the reasons this committee (the Central Perth Planning Committee) was formed – to have a look at it all,” he said.

Mr Conti said he also felt the government needed to further incorporate the concerns of the inner city community and their voice, the Inner City Housing Developers Association.

He said there was presently something of a void.

When the WA Government called for board members, the Property Council, the Housing Industry Association or the Urban Development Institute of Australia were often included, but the Inner City Housing Developers Association were not being invited.

He said the the Association could contribute substantially to the planning of the City of Perth.

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