Con­cern side streets could suf­fer

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - East Victoria Park - Michele Nu­gent

RES­I­DENTS living near the Al­bany High­way end of Bas­ing­hall Street were a no­tice­able pres­ence at last week’s Town of Vic­to­ria Park meet­ing, ex­press­ing con­cern for an in­crease in den­sity that could pave the way for apart­ment blocks up to five storeys, or 15m, high.

Lo­cal res­i­dents have un­til March 31 to sub­mit com­ments to coun­cil on its pro­posal to amend Town Plan­ning Scheme No 1 to al­low mul­ti­ple dwellings on res­i­den­tial zoned lots 1, 2 and 137-141, which face the blank 12m high rear wall of the Park Cen­tre.

Lo­cal Barb Piercy said she and other lo­cals were not against devel­op­ment but were con­cerned the amend­ment would set a prece­dent for other side streets off Al­bany High­way and Ber­wick Street.

Loss of pri­vacy, sun­light, prop­erty value and an in­crease in noise and park­ing/traf­fic con­ges­tion were res­i­dents’ main con­cerns.

“Real es­tate agents have said we can ex­pect re­duc­tion of prop­erty val­ues be­tween $100,000-$150,000. Will the coun­cil com­pen­sate us for that,” she said.

Coun­cil re­ceived a for­mal re­quest for the amend­ment from own­ers of the Bas­ing­hall Street lots last Novem­ber, in an ef­fort to al­low mul­ti­ple dwellings on the site, which can not be ac­commo- dated un­der the cur­rent R30 zon­ing.

A Town re­port states that coun­cil’s Ur­ban Plan­ning Busi­ness Unit recog­nised the need to en­sure the amenity of the ad­join­ing prop­er­ties was pro­tected.

“Set­backs and height con­trols pro­vided for by the De­tailed Area Plan have been determined through an as­sess­ment of over­shad­ow­ing of the ad­join­ing res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties and en­sur­ing any im­pacts on the(ir) amenity…will be min­imised,” the re­port said.

■ The pro­posal, known as amend­ment 67, can be found at www.vic­to­ri­a­park. with public sub­mis­sions due by Tues­day, March 31.

Res­i­dents of side streets off Al­bany High­way have ex­pressed con­cern at an amend­ment.

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