IT is necessary to correct a glaring error in Mr Steven Gerhardy's letter (Southern Gazette, November 22).
He incorrectly asserts that the Lumiere development meets the City's planning requirements. On the contrary, the City recommended that this application be refused, as did the Council.
It was only approved because the industry-biased Development Assessment Panel (DAP) decided to ignore the planning requirements. Most notable of these was the impact that the development will have on traffic.
I suggest that Mr Gerhardy take a look at the comprehensive modelling data that has been produced by the City of South Perth in relation to traffic impacts on this most critical intersection at the entrance to the freeway.
The model only takes into account the developments that have been approved to date... it doesn't consider future approvals. Despite this, the results are extremely concerning – something the City made clear to the DAP.
The City of South Perth have an obligation to ensure that development in this critical area meets the needs of all parties.
That is why they are quite reasonably looking at challenging the decision made by the DAP.
If they don't, people like Mr Gerhardy will be complaining in future years, asking why the City allowed developments that caused massive traffic jams at the intersection of Mill Point and Labouchere roads. PAUL RUTHVEN, South Perth.