Pres­i­dent in shed show­down

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - An­drew Bros­nan

The Esper­ance Shire pres­i­dent has be­come em­broiled in a dis­pute with a neigh­bour­ing landowner who built an over­sized shed at Shore­sands Es­tate in Castle­town.

Trevor King is fac­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing to dis­man­tle his shed, and has en­dured a three­month wait since the Shire of Esper­ance’s com­pli­ance of­fi­cer ad­vised him he had breached plan­ning and build­ing con­di­tions.

The coun­cil was due to vote on a ret­ro­spec­tive de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for the shed on Tues­day night but pres­i­dent Mal­colm Heas­man, who is one of the landown­ers ad­ja­cent to Mr King’s prop­erty, de­clared a fi­nan­cial in­ter­est and left the cham­bers.

With sev­eral elected mem­bers ab­sent, Cr Heas­man’s de­par­ture meant the coun­cil was un­able to vote on the item be­cause it lacked a quo­rum.

Shore­sands Cor­po­ra­tion, which owns a lot neigh­bour­ing Mr King’s prop­erty and of which Cr Heas­man is a di­rec­tor, ob­jected to the ret­ro­spec­tive ap­pli­ca­tion in a let­ter to the Shire’s town plan­ning of­fi­cer Jonathan Cree­don, on June 29.

“As owner of lot 61 Hast­ings Cres­cent we are faced with the pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing an un­sal­able block due to the over­sized and over-length struc­ture ad­join­ing the north­ern front sec­tion … at the very least we may have to of­fer a dis­count to any in­tend­ing pur­chaser,” a let­ter, writ­ten and signed by Cr Heas­man in his ca­pac­ity as a di­rec­tor, read.

“We wish to state our con­cern that your plan­ning depart­ment is even en­ter­tain­ing ap­proval of this non-com­pli­ant struc­ture given the history and record­ing of our pre­vi­ous ob­jec­tions and Mr King’s ac­tions.”

The shed, which Mr King built as a stor­age unit for his boat, has been the sub­ject of an on­go­ing dis­pute since Shore­sands Cor­po­ra­tion ob­jected to the orig­i­nal de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion lodged on May 13, 2014.

An amended ap­pli­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted to and sub­se­quently ap­proved by the Shire af­ter Shore­sands Cor­po­ra­tion agreed to the re­vised con­di­tions.

But Mr King ul­ti­mately breached the amended con­di­tions, with the out­build­ing’s wall height ex­ceed­ing the 3.4m height ap­proved in the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion by 25cm.

The shed’s ridge height of 4.355m also ex­ceeded the ap­proved con­di­tions by 20cm.

Mr King ac­knowl­edged he had breached the ap­proved con­di­tions, though he at­trib­uted it to a “stuffup”, and claimed none of the ad­join­ing landown­ers be­sides Shore­sands Cor­po­ra­tion had an is­sue with the shed.

Coun­cil is ex­pected to hold a spe­cial meet­ing in the next 10 days to vote on the ret­ro­spec­tive ap­pli­ca­tion. Cr Heas­man con­firmed to the Kal­go­or­lie Miner he had a fi­nan­cial in­ter­est in the mat­ter and would not be vot­ing on the item, and it was in­ap­pro­pri­ate for him to com­ment.

Mal­colm Heas­man has be­come em­broiled in a dis­pute over this out­sized shed in Castle­town. INSET: Mr Heas­man.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.