Plan­ners un­der fire

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

MORE than 200 South Perth res­i­dents at­tended a spe­cial elec­tors meet­ing held at South Perth’s Com­mu­nity Hall last Wed­nes­day night to ad­dress con­cerns raised last month about a pro­posed 29-storey devel­op­ment at 79 Mill Point Road.

The res­i­dents’ con­cerns in­clude the re­moval of trees, block­ing views of Kings Park, the shadow cast by the build­ing, in­creased traf­fic on Mill Point Road and is­sues with the wa­ter ta­ble.

The City of South Perth called the meet­ing af­ter it re­ceived a pe­ti­tion from res­i­dents con­cerned about the pro- posed devel­op­ment.

The gath­er­ing heard from three speak­ers and res­i­dents of the south­ern Perth area, in­clud­ing As­so­ciate Law Pro­fes­sor Kate Lewis, town plan­ning con­sul­tant Mike Allen and Mill Point Road res­i­dent Vicki Red­den.

Five mo­tions were put for­ward dur­ing the meet­ing and were voted in favour of by the ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents in at­ten­dance.

The mo­tions in­clude re­mov­ing Mill Point penin­sula from the South Perth sta­tion precinct and an ini­ti­a­tion of a lo­cal plan­ning strat­egy.

One of the mo­tions passed was a no con­fi­dence mo­tion in the abil­ity of the City’s plan­ners to de­ter­mine whether a devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion met the per­for­mance cri­te­ria un­der sched­ule nine of the town plan­ning scheme. The res­i­dent’s group said this un­der­lined the ur­gent need for a lo­cal plan­ning strat­egy.

South Perth chief ex­ec­u­tive Cliff Frew­ing ob­jected when mem­bers of the au­di­ence crit­i­cised the City’s town plan­ners.

Mayor Sue Do­herty brought res­i­dents to or­der af­ter they heck­led Mr Frew­ing.

The coun­cil will ta­ble the mat­ter next month.

A res­i­dent’s im­pres­sion of the height of the pro­posed Mill Point Road devel­op­ment.

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