Pressure grows on planning decisions
RESIDENTS of 45 Perth communities affected by developments approved by unelected development assessment panels (DAPs) will take their fight to the 2017 State Election.
A lobby group called Scrap the DAPs was formed at a Mosman Park meeting on Wednesday night to fight back against recent decisions of DAPs that have gone against local councils’ recommendations.
“There is no planning assessment process in WA, as what we have is a planning approval system,” former Cottesloe lawyer Sandra Boulter said.
Ms Boulter said WA needed third-party appeal rights so neighbours of developments had power in DAP decisions, given there was no legal connection between what was planned and then developed.
Across Perth, 21 councils have passed motions opposing DAPs, which comprise two local councillors and three State appointees who can decide on any development worth more than $3 million and replace most planning powers held by councils if a developer bypasses local government.
Groups fighting DAPs include residents facing proposals of developments up to 26 storeys in residential South Perth, Scarborough and central Fremantle, and R100 density in Alfred Cove, Applecross and Kensington.
Other DAP decisions affecting communities included infill at Byford, Victoria Park and Burswood apartments, and buildings up to nine storeys in railway-serviced historic suburbs such as Bayswater and Guildford.
“We’re just finding out that this blind push for infill along the rail line is not that well thought out,” Guildford resident Andrew Kiely said, whose community is concerned about a proposed five-storey building in the Guildford Hotel car park.
The meeting agreed to support an anti-DAP motion at the annual general meeting of the WA Local Government Association this month.
Residents from 45 Perth communities agree to support an anti-DAP motion at the annual general meeting of the WA Local Government Association.