De­vel­op­ment bid re­jected

Midwest Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ge­off Vi­vian

Ir­win Shire Coun­cil has re­fused plan­ning per­mis­sion for a hous­ing de­vel­op­ment on a prime block of land in the shadow of Port Den­ni­son’s his­toric obelisk at the Fish­er­man’s Look­out.

The pro­posal by Phillip Kerr on be­half of Mr and Mrs McBrat­ney was for a clus­ter of four two-storey dwellings at 6 Her­bert Street on the cor­ner of Point Le­an­der Drive.

The block is one of sev­eral va­cant prop­er­ties on the ocean side of Point Le­an­der Drive, and one of three lo­cated be­tween Her­bert Street and the obelisk.

In his re­port to the coun­cil, act­ing plan­ning and in­fra­struc­ture di­rec­tor Shane Ivers said the plans did not com­ply with the prop­erty’s res­i­den­tial R50 den­sity cod­ing.

“The vis­ual im­pact of the height, bulk and scale of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment is con­sid­ered to de­tract from the char­ac­ter and amenity of the sur­round­ing area,” he wrote.

“The level of ex­ca­va­tion pro­posed is not con­sid­ered to re­spond to the nat­u­ral con­tours of the site (and) the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment has not ad­dressed the mat­ters of land­scap­ing, pedes­trian ac­cess ways and bi­cy­cle stor­age.”

Mr Ivers also noted that the park­ing pro­vi­sion was also not ad­e­quate.

Be­fore coun­cil­lors cast their vote, Perth res­i­dent Peter Jones said he was con­cerned the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion would have an im­pact on what he would be al­lowed to build on the ad­ja­cent block he owned.

“Own­ers of the lots in that area should be able to de­velop their prop­er­ties as they wish as long as they con­form with the ex­ist­ing plan­ning codes,” he said.

“In the case of the three lots on the wa­ter­front ad­ja­cent to the obelisk, as long as the her­itage coun­cil ap­proves it as well. To me, re­fus­ing projects be­cause they don’t meet the amenity of the area is very vague.” Chief ex­ec­u­tive Dar­ren Sim­mons said plan­ning con­sid­er­a­tions were com­plex and as­sessed on their mer­its on a case-by-case ba­sis. “Coun­cil­lors, you are deal­ing with the pro­posal in front of you and not Mr Jones’ sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

Cr Mark Leonard moved to refuse the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion, Cr Is­abelle Scott sec­onded the mo­tion and all coun­cil­lors agreed.

Mr Jones was in­vited to dis­cuss his con­cerns with Shire staff.

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