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Old March 2nd, 2003, 04:39 AM   #1
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PERTH: Raffles Apartments - 57m

according to the sunday times property liftout the raffles development has sold about 140 out of 147 units in 10 days, and marketing hasn't even stated [and i don't think it has full approval yet] !!!!
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Old March 2nd, 2003, 06:15 AM   #2
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Yeah this has died down lately. The Nimby's must be regrouping (God help us all). Be interesting to see what happens with it.
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Old March 2nd, 2003, 09:58 AM   #3
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are there any dates on construction? i thought it had gained approval. from memory wasn;t it around the same time that Burswood Lakes gained its approval?

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Old March 3rd, 2003, 09:15 PM   #4
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Doing pretty well. This project should get the approval of council.
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Old March 4th, 2003, 02:18 AM   #5
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MCC has already approved it, but it's the state planning commission that you got to worry about. I don't think there will be any problems though. Construction should start mid year last time I read.
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Old March 4th, 2003, 02:00 PM   #7
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Last bid to stop vote on Raffles
By PETA HELLARD
23feb03
THE future of Multiplex's controversial redevelopment of the Raffles Hotel site in Applecross could be decided this week.

The WA Planning Commission's Statutory Planning Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to vote on the building giant's application to build a 15-storey riverside tower.

But local opponents of the development plan, which also includes 147 residential units on the land surrounding the art deco hotel, made an 11th-hour bid this week to delay the committee considering the application.

Alfred Cove MLA Janet Woollard and members of the Raffles Action Group called on the State Government to pull the proposal from consideration until it had been determined whether Multiplex's application process met legislated requirements.

Dr Woollard said she believed several requirements of the redevelopment application system had not been fulfilled.

"The Government is there to ensure that legislation which is passed is carried out correctly," she said.

Planning Minister Alannah MacTiernan said she had passed on the group's concerns to the planning commission.

"I have asked them to ensure these allegations were dealt with and there was no breach in the application or anything that would undermine the lawfulness of any decision," Ms MacTiernan said.

Voting by the six-person committee on Multiplex's proposal has been postponed once before.

The committee was scheduled to make the final decision on the project last month but was delayed after Dr Woollard and the Conservation Council appealed the decision of the Environmental Protection Authority not to make a formal environmental assessment of the application. The appeal was quashed later by Environment Minister Judy Edwards
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Old March 6th, 2003, 02:58 AM   #8
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Raffles Hotel plans hit approval impasse
CONTENTIOUS plans to develop the Raffles Hotel site in Applecross have been stalled by a WA Planning Commission decision.

City of Melville mayor Katie Mair said yesterday that developers Multiplex would not be able to build a multi-storey apartment tower because the commission approved an application different from that approved by the council.

"They can get a building licence but the problem is they can't build because the WAPC has given approval which is in variance to our approvals," she said.

The commission revealed yesterday it consented to a 17-storey tower at the riverside site provided adjoining buildings were restricted to five storeys.

But at a meeting last December, the Melville council approved a 15-storey tower with neighbouring buildings of five and nine storeys.

"That means that the Raffles Hotel cannot proceed," Ms Mair said. "Multiplex will have to make a decision as to whether it appeals the council's decision or appeals the WAPC's decision or whether it appeals both."

Multiplex could also submit a new application to the council.

Alfred Cove MLA Janet Woollard said the decision could spell the end of the Raffles redevelopment because a new council could be elected by the time Multiplex submitted a new application.

Commission chairman Terry Martin said the decision was made in accordance with planning and urban guidelines for the significant riverside site which ruled out bulky developments.

Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the decision highlighted the need to address the issue in a proposed review of the Town Planning and Development Act.

Multiplex Developments general manager Martin Steens declined to comment.
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Old March 6th, 2003, 08:18 AM   #9
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Old March 8th, 2003, 02:33 AM   #10
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theres an ad in todays west [sat] on page 45, have a look what an amazing view

website just launched !!!
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Old April 8th, 2003, 12:39 PM   #11
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wow i don't know the original plan for for a 12 & 17 level towers

Conditional Approval for Raffles Proposal
The Western Australian Planning Commission has granted conditional approval to redevelopment of the Raffles Hotel site in Applecross.

Commission Chairman Terry Martin said in 1999 the Commission adopted planning and urban design guidelines to guide future development of the significant riverside site.

"The Commission determined to approve the proposed development subject to a number of conditions that would ensure greater consistency with the guidelines for a slender and elegant tower with regard to the Applecross skyline.

"The 17 storey tower was approved as it provides a focal point for the site that will become a distinct regional and local landmark.

"It was determined that to attach a 12 storey tower to it would create a bulky development, not elegant and slender as referred to in the guidelines.

"The 12 storey tower and other residential buildings on the site have been restricted to a maximum of 5 storeys in height, to create a podium from which the tower will ascend.

"As the Raffles Hotel building is listed on the State Register of Heritage Places it is required to be retained and will be redeveloped for use as a café, restaurant and offices.

"The development of the foreshore reserve will be the subject of a separate application that will be considered by the Swan River Trust.

"It is now for the developer to decide on the necessary steps to enable development to commence as planning approval is required from both the Commission and the City of Melville," Mr Martin said.
5 March 2003

Commission Outlines Decision to Approve Raffles Hotel Development

Western Australian Planning Commission Chairman Terry Martin recently attended a meeting of the Melville City Council in order to explain the Commission's reasons for its decision and at that meeting he agreed to publish those reasons.

"In 1999 the Commission refused an application for the redevelopment of the site that included a 9-storey resort and serviced apartment complex," Mr Martin said.

"This proposal would have resulted in the demolition of the Raffles Hotel and a slab-design building occupying the whole of the site presenting a stark and overwhelming building on the foreshore, which would have been completely at odds with the surrounding landscape.

"In October 1999, the Commission recognised the regional importance of the site at the confluence of the Swan and Canning Rivers and required any application to develop the site be referred to the Commission for determination.

"This prompted the Commission to declare planning and urban design guidelines, which guide the form and design of any future development.

"In essence the guidelines sought a design solution that proposed a low, horizontal element bordering the foreshore, and conservation of the Raffles Hotel structure and setting with the opportunity for a slender tower element above the podium as a landmark building.

"These guidelines prepared in late 1999 have been in the public arena and made available to the Melville City Council, the public and interested developers.

"The Commission subscribes to the implementation of its guidelines and must therefore place great weight on them when considering any development application for the site.

"Its approval of the Multiplex proposal was conditional on those objectives being met.

"The Commission's approval is subject to a number of conditions to ensure a closer fit with the guidelines, including the removal of one floor on the eastern wing of the development and reduction of the proposed 12-storey tower to 5-storeys," Mr Martin said.

The Commission also took into account the many public benefits associated with the proposed development including the retention and reuse of the Raffles Hotel, which is now on the State Heritage List; upgrading the foreshore reserve; improvements to the local road network; and landscaping of the forecourt to the Raffles Hotel.

It also had due regard to the consideration given to the development application by the Melville City Council and to public interest which the application generated.

The proposed development, together with the proposed rail/bus station at Canning Bridge and the recreational asset of the Canning River will all contribute to the Canning Bridge locality becoming an attractive and appealing urban precinct as envisaged in the City's town planning scheme.
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Old April 16th, 2003, 05:05 AM   #12
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Multiplex builds on Raffles success
MULTIPLEX is using the strong sales performance of the controversial Raffles Hotel redevelopment to launch its burgeoning residential operation, Multiplex Living.

About 80 per cent of the apartments in the 119-unit development on the site of the old Raffles Hotel have been sold in off-market transactions.

Multiplex is proceeding with a 15-storey tower, with construction scheduled to start in October.

A mix-up with the approvals for the project has forced Multiplex to go back through the approvals process to get the go-ahead for the 16th and 17th floors.

The WA Planning Commission approved a 17-storey development in February after the Melville City Council agreed to a 15-storey tower in December 2002.

Multiplex Living national sales and marketing manager Kevin Driscoll said he was confident the approval for the top two floors would be granted.

Multiplex is capitalising on the success of the $130 million development, named Raffles Waterfront, and is using it to introduce Multiplex Living, the national brand for its residential development operation, to WA.

Multiplex Living will go head to head with traditional residential developers, including Mirvac Fini, Stockland and Australand, in the battle for prime waterfront land.

Multiplex development director Martin Steens said the Multiplex brand was traditionally associated with building and joint venture partnerships in WA.

The Raffles Waterfront is the first major residential project for Multiplex in Perth, and the group has now announced a joint venture with Sealanes to develop an oceanfront parcel of land in Fremantle.

Mr Driscoll said the speed of sales was impressive for a market the size of Perth.

He said Perth still had a fledgling apartment market in comparison with other Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne but the sales proved there was demand for well-located product.

Multiplex has set up a display suite in the Old Swan Brewery development on Mounts Bay Road.

Despite concerns voiced by the community regarding the style and height of the project, Mr Driscoll said the majority of the buyers who had exchanged contracts lived locally.

He said the apartments appeared to appeal in terms of demographics, location and proximity to water.

The project is expected to be sold out by the end of this week.

Mr Driscoll said the success of the Raffles project would be used to sell the Multiplex Living covenant into the Perth market.

"When we next launch a major project we can use the success of this as an example of the Multiplex Living ethos," Mr Driscoll said.

For many of the buyers this was their first experience buying property off the plan.

Although most of the sales went to local people the development attracted some interest from people living on the east coast.

He said the apartments had been pitched at the owner-occupier market rather than investors.

The apartments start at around $500,000, rising to more than $2 million for the penthouses.

Multiplex Living's strategy for identifying new parcels of land for future developments will be focused on waterfront opportunities.

Mr Driscoll said Multiplex Living would seek out unique sites with water vistas.

Multiplex announced it had entered into an agreement with Sealanes to develop its South Fremantle property last month.

The $50 million project will transform the oceanfront site into an urban village with up to 130 dwellings.
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Old April 30th, 2003, 04:46 PM   #14
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Old May 27th, 2003, 12:42 PM   #15
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WAPC Approves Different Raffles Design
The West Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) has granted planning approval for a building up to 17 storeys on the Raffles Hotel site. However in January 2003, the City of Melville granted planning approval for a 15 storey building.

The original proposal submitted by Multiplex, requested a 17, 13, 6 and 5 storey building. The City of Melville approved, under the Community Planning Scheme No. 5, a 15, 9 and 5 storey building.

The approval was granted on the basis that the 15 storeys does not exceed 49 metres in height, has a plot ratio of 1.55 and has a maximum floor space of 14,850m2 (not including the heritage listed building).

The West Australian Planning Commission has approved, under the Metropolitan Region Scheme, a building up to 17 storeys for the residential tower and 5 storeys for the lower apartments.


Executive Manager Planning and Development Services, Craig McClure, said that the redevelopment of the site cannot proceed until a building licence is issued by the City of Melville.

"A building licence can only be issued in accordance with the planning approval granted by the City of Melville", he said.

"The Raffles redevelopment requires two approvals - one under the Metropolitan Region Scheme and one under the Community Planning Scheme No. 5".

"In short, the development cannot proceed unless the planning approval by Council and the WAPC are similar", he said.

Multiplex has an appeal right to both the WAPC and the City of Melville decisions. Meetings are being arranged with the WAPC and Multiplex to clarify the process from here
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City of Melville faces Raffles court threat
CITY of Melville councillors may have to decide whether to allow a 17-storey tower at the Raffles Hotel in Applecross or face a court battle costing ratepayers up to $200,000.

The council will decide tomorrow decide whether to allow chief executive John McNally to negotiate a consensual agreement with Multiplex on the basis that any final resolution would be put to a council vote.

Melville Council in December approved the construction of a 15-storey tower at the prime riverside site but Multiplex is pursuing its plans for a 17-storey development and wants increased floor space and changes to other conditions.

The Town Planning Appeal Tribunal has set down a 14-day trial to decide the issues in September.

Ernie Samec, a senior partner at law firm Kott Gunning, estimated the hearing would cost the City of Melville $100,000 to $200,000 and would raise complex legal issues due to the prominence of the site.

"They could not run a defence for under $100,000," he said.

In a report prepared for the council's development and neighbourhood amenity committee meeting last week, councillors were told they should consider negotiating on car parking, stormwater and drainage run off, finishes and design elements and plot ratio.

Committee chairman Duncan Macphail said out-of-court mediation would also include the prospect of increasing the height and original floor space approval of 14,850sq m.

"The point of negotiation would look at the possibility that we could look at 17 storeys (and) . . . maybe a maximum of 15,400sq m," he said.

"Also then we would look to negotiate community benefit commensurate with that extra floor space."

The entire Raffles residential complex has already been sold. Buyers have paid more than $10,000,000 in deposits to stake a claim to the luxury accommodation.

Martin Steens, Multiplex Developments general manager, declined to comment because of the court case.

The council must vote in favour of any altered or new development before it can go ahead.

Alfred Cove MLA Janet Woollard, who has campaigned heavily against the size of the development, said the council should consider pushing for a nine-storey complex in light of the recent elections and new make-up of councillors.

"The council has to put it back to the community," she said.
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Further up the river, Multiplex’s Raffles Hotel apartment development has recently sold out, despite any decision yet to be made about the height of the building.

Multiplex has to wait until September for a 14-day trial with the Town Planning Appeal Tribunal to find out whether it must reduce the size of its tallest residential tower from 17 storeys to 15 storeys.

Multiplex has stated that the project is not viable without the extra two floors
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Old June 18th, 2003, 02:34 PM   #18
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Good! Multiplex know how to use maximum pressure, threatening to pull the plug on the whole project - I'm sure it will still go ahead even at 15 levels.
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esp. considering the penthouse alone went for $7m. god they must have made around $100m in sales
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I think they want to start construction in the next couple of month, though they could be effected by legal action for the extra height
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