Development Opportunity in the CBD

Long-awaited changes to the maximum plot ratio, bonus plot ratio and land use controls in the City of Perth have recently come into effect, which seek to facilitate hotel development and increased residential uses in the Perth CBD.

A second wave of changes, which would allow an increase in heights in many areas, is awaiting ministerial approval. We have recently been successful in obtaining Development Approval from the City of Perth Local Development Assessment Panel for two exciting new developments, which have taken advantage of these changes:

Milligan Square
We worked with Perth-based developer Georgiou Capital and architects Hassell to facilitate the approval of a 15 level Office and 13 Level Hotel Building including Ground Floor Retail, Dining and Entertainment at the south-west corner of Murray and Milligan Streets.

We successfully achieved a 40% increase from the specified maximum plot ratio comprising 20% bonus plot ratio (being 3,418m2 of plot ratio floor area) for the provision of a Special Residential Use (a 132 room Hotel) and a 20% bonus plot ratio (being 3,418m2 of plot ratio floor area) for the retention and upgrade of the heritage listed Pearl Villa and Milligan Hostel buildings.

This project is truly unique, as it will reveal one of Perth’s hidden gems, Pearl Villa, a rare example of a substantial Victorian Regency residence built in 1897 for pearl merchant Joseph Charles Clarkson. In 1930 Pearl Villa was incorporated into and effectively masked by the extensive additions constructed for Hostel Milligan. The Milligan Square development will conserve, reveal and ultimately integrate Pearl Villa and Hostel Milligan with the cutting edge architectural design of the new office and hotel development.

No. 133 Murray Street, Perth
We worked with developer Amalgamated Holdings and architects Candalepas Associates to secure the approval of a 21 level development containing 184 hotel rooms, 15 multiple dwellings and ground floor retail at the site, which currently contains Greater Union. We were successful in achieving a 20% increase from the specified maximum plot ratio, which equates to an additional 1,297sqm for the provision of a ‘Residential Use', in this instance 15 dwellings.

We can help you investigate whether these changes translate into opportunities for your site and will provide pragmatic planning advice to help get your project off the ground.  Please contact Peter Simpson on 9289 8300 for further information.

-By Peter Simpson


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