I HAVE returned from the Christmas break to discover with dismay and disgust that Liberal Planning Minister Donna Faragher left it until nine days before the distraction of Christmas to make an announcement which basically ignores the recommended modified Town Planning Scheme Amendment No. 46 ‘South Perth Station Precinct’.
This, after extensive community consultation, was unanimously passed by the City of South Perth Council meeting held on April 26, 2016, and would have capped tower heights at about 26 stories.
City of South Perth residents were clearly duped when previous town planning scheme changes were approved in 2014 to permit the development of buildings with no maximum heights.
It is disingenuous to say the community agreed to these changes. The so-called consultation process was misleading and deceptive.
Despite the dressed up language of the media statement, the Minister has yielded to pressure from property developers.
Absolute height limits are not prescribed.
The door is still open for development applications in the precinct now for 50 storeys... with more to come!
Contrary to the council recommendations, the Minister has maintained the ‘Special Design Area’ ,which includes the contentious DAP approved 34-storey building at 74 Mill Point Road in an area previously limited to eight stories.
That it took the Minister eight months to make a decision has aided the biased DAP, which previously rejected a 44-storey building on the same site.
Many now have the scars of a development application process that gives token consideration to local communities.
To challenge can be extraordinarily time consuming and expensive. The system is designed to wear locals out, leaving them with feelings of being ignored, angry, jaded and disenfranchised.
Understandably, there is a significant movement across Perth to scrap the flawed DAP process and to protest vote at the next State election on March 11.
I join many who have concerns of continued mega-high rise development in South Perth, predicated on a station unlikely to be built in 10 or even 20 years, with likely impacts concerning excess population density, infrastructure problems, ground subsidence, extensive shadowing, genuine lack of consideration to local residents and, in particular future traffic chaos. GREG BENJAMIN, South Perth