15-storey NFP co-located City of Melville development set to be approved after two rejections

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A plan for 84 independent living units and 10 high-care units 10km south of Perth CBD in the City of Melville is causing a stir among councillors. 

The planned proposal was put forward by newly established charitable aged care provider Grandton Ltd, established by John Frame and Sophie Fielder.   

The site at 20-22 Kintail Road, Applecross, is the same location that has twice had 16-storey proposals from Norup Wilson rejected by the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP).

As the development is in the M10 zone of the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan (CBACP), the developers are seeking an extra five storeys by floating community benefits to justify the height bonus.

At last week’s Melville council meeting, councillors went against the City’s officer’s recommendation for the development to be approved, citing concerns that the community benefits were not proportionate to the extra height sought.

While local councillors said no, it will be the JDAP that determines the development’s future at a meeting this Wednesday, with recommendation remaining for the panel to approve the aged care facility.

Grandton’s MD, Sophie Fielder said the proposal would provide a much-needed aged care facility in the City of Melville, 10km south of Perth CBD.