President in shed showdown
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.