Court bat­tle looms over high rise


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Tim Mayne

SOUTH PERTH SOUTH Perth res­i­dents have not given up the fight against a planned 29-storey de­vel­op­ment at 74 Mill Point Road.

Karyl Nairn and Ric Haw­ley, who own apart­ments di­rectly op­po­site the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment, have filed an ap­pli­ca­tion in the Supreme Court that could cost more than $100,000.

The res­i­dents said their case re­lied on the fact that Town Plan­ning Scheme No. 6 did not give the Metro Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (JDAP) power to ap­prove a high-rise residential build­ing on the penin­sula.

The JDAP ap­proved con­struc­tion of the tower in late May, draw­ing the ire of res­i­dents groups and lo­cal politi­cians, some of whom de­scribed plan­ning pro­cesses as a farce.

Res­i­dents had sent pe­ti­tions to the State Gov­ern­ment, at­tended public meet­ings with coun­cil and formed the Save the South Perth penin­sula ac­tion group to op­pose the plan.

Mill Point Road res­i­dent Vicki Red­den said it was un­fair that res­i­dents should have to take such dras­tic ac­tion.

“There are no third party ap­peal rights; the devel­oper can go to State Ad­min­is­tra­tion Tri­bunal if they are re­jected but the av­er­age per­son has no av­enue other than the Supreme Court,” Ms Red­den said. “JDAP is sup­posed to of­fer ex­pert ad­vice and look at these pro­pos­als more closely.

“No­body would have con­tem­plated a 400 per cent over-com­pen­sa­tion in size.

“Now we have two res­i­dents spend­ing all this money to take the mat­ter to court on be­half of other af­fected res­i­dents.”

A res­i­dent’s com­par­i­son of the cur­rent eight-storey build­ing at 73 Mill Point Road with an im­pres­sion of the pro­posed 29-storey at 74 Mill Point Road.

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