Posted on April 20, 2018
The City of Bayswater's independent Design Review Panel met for the first time in April for a meet and greet with Mayor Dan Bull and Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish.
The panel is made up of some of Perth's top professional architects who have a brief to provide impartial advice to Council on major development applications. This will assist Council in ensuring that future developments preserve the character of the city and contribute in a positive way to the amenity of local areas.
Mayor Dan Bull said given his vision for the City as the heart of Perth's inner-east, the initiative will improve the quality of developments and ensure they contribute to the success of the areas in which they are being built.
"The aim is for the panel to work in partnership with the City and applicants to ensure developments are well designed, high quality, and positively enhance our streetscapes.
"It's about awesome, contextual urban design, creating liveable neighbourhoods and a built form that preserves the unique character of our suburbs."
Mayor Bull noted that uniquely for a Design Review Panel, the intention was to allow applicants to have access to the panel's expertise early in the planning phase of the development.
"Not only will this lead to better, higher quality developments, but it will streamline the application and decision making process," he said.
"Encouraging applicants to engage with our Design Review Panel early will allow greater flexibility and reduce red tape, which is important in getting the best outcomes possible for our ratepayers and residents.
"This initiative is about development with vision and it will contribute to making our City a great place in which to live, work, play, operate a business and visit."
The Design Review Panel is made up of six members and is chaired by City of Bayswater resident, Philip Gresley, a highly regarded Practicing Registered Architect.