Plans to construct Perth's tallest buildings south of the river, on the Burswood peninsula, have been thwarted by State Government planners who believe the skyscrapers would diminish the prominence of the central business district.
The WA Planning Commission will meet on Tuesday to consider the Belmont Park Racecourse redevelopment, a $3.5 billion project that proposes a number of high-rise towers of up to 53 storeys.
The WAPC is expected to impose a 30-storey limit on the precinct after State Government planners argued that buildings of more than 30 storeys were untested outside central Perth and could be detrimental to the CBD.
Future Perth chairman and urban planner Sean Morrison said that the height limit was outrageous and against the best interests of Perth city as a whole.
"It seems to me that some bureaucrats have plucked this 30-storey limit out of the air to try and maintain the Perth CBD's phallic bragging rights," he said. "We don't have caps on urban sprawl so why should we have caps on inner-city residential developments?
"There is no law to say the tallest building must be in the core CBD."
Perth's tallest building, Central Park on St Georges Terrace, is 51 storeys.
The developers behind the project, Golden Group, plan to build 4500 new dwellings and create 31,000sqm of retail space and 60,000sqm of office space at the site.
Buildings of four to 13 storeys are expected to dominate the precinct, interspersed by towers of 38 to 53 storeys.
Golden Group managing director Andrew Sugiaputra said that according to the State Government's Directions 2031 document, more than 320,000 dwellings were needed to cater for Perth's growth, with 47 per cent provided by infill development in the metropolitan area.
"Extensive public consultation had been undertaken by our team and relevant stakeholders have provided support for our development in its current form," he said.
The Town of Victoria Park, which approved the project in September, is in favour of the original plan.
Victoria Park chief executive Arthur Kyron said that building heights of more than 30 storeys would have no additional impact on surrounding properties."Reducing the building heights would lessen the benefits of the development and could throw the viability of the entire project into question," he said.
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