A $17.6 million six-storey residential development on Louise Street in Nedlands has been recommended for approval, following initial community and council opposition.
The proposal for 17-19 Louise Street was lodged by Hillam Architects last year and was subsequently revised down from comprising 44 dwellings to 37 dwellings following several amendments prompted by public consultation and council recommendations.
The project was the first development application on Louise Street seeking to adhere to revised residential codes that permitted more height, as a result of the gazettal of a new local planning scheme in April 2019.
Since the rezoning changes there’s been a wave of development applications lodged with the City of Nedlands for apartment projects ranging in size from three to more than 20 storeys.
A recommendation for 17-19 Louise Street was previously deferred to enable the developer to submit more information on waste management, street trees, landscaping and overshadowing, with special council minutes from May 5 outlining several reasons for refusal including “visual privacy concerns over the entire neighbourhood from the upper storeys, particularly the rooftop”.
Other points for refusal from that special council meeting included being that it did “not consider the heritage value of the Peace Memorial Gardens. This