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BREAK: The SAT decision has halted Devwest’s project at 263 Hay Street.

SAT decision sets new low for Subi

Future development along Subiaco’s busiest commercial arteries could be limited to two storeys following a decision handed down by the State Administrative Tribunal.

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When will Perth ever grow into a City. Government maintains growth of the urban fringe at high infrastructure capital and operating costs and neglect the urban consolidation opportunities in places where infrastructure already exist. Despite the many awards for Subiaco TOD, if compared with other TODs in metropolitan areas of a similar scale to Perth, one can hardly define the lack of massing around the Subiaco train station a TOD. This is evident by the poor performance of the retail strips outside Rockeby Road and the relatively low population density in these mixed use developments. What should have been an active place is marked by inward focussed commercial development and an obvious lack of vibrancy in the TOD. In Perth, place making seems to be defined by concrete footpaths and black painted bollards. What happened to creating diversity and activity supported firstly by a resident population before attracting others to the place that is already alive! For developers, combating high costs for medium rise development, the challenge get worse when the massing needed to "make the place work" is compromised by poor strategic thinking. Another blow to creating a liveable and efficient Perth.

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