Kintail tower gets second knock-back

A PROPOSED 16-storey apartment tower in the Canning Bridge precinct has been knocked back for a second time by a state development assessment panel.

Developer Norup+Wilson wants to build a 91-apartment complex on 20-22 Kintail Road, Applecross, but needs to convince the Metro Central JDAP that it’s got enough community benefit to earn an extra six storeys above the standard limit.

But in a 3-2 decision on Tuesday, the JDAP wavered over setting a benchmark on what constituted a benefit and voted the proposal down.

The decision angered Samantha Reece from WA Apartment Advocacy, who’d worked with the developer on the project and made a presentation at the JDAP meeting.

Mr Reece later told the Herald the panel members should have been prepared to set the precedent, as it was their jobs.

• Norup+Wilson’s Kintail tower has been knocked back for the second time.

“The other thing is that the current policy allows for the criteria that was included in this application, so there was no reason for them not to approve it,” Ms Reece said.

“They had increased the community space by 30 per cent.”

Ms Reece said Norup+Wilson would head back to the state administrative tribunal for a second time.

“It didn’t have to go down that pathway,” she said.

Ironically, Ms Reece has joined anti-development critics in calling for a rethink of the JDAP model, saying they’re not leaving anyone happy.

by STEVE GRANT

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