Move has appeal
THE City of South Perth has shown its support for third-party appeal rights in planning in a move that could benefit residents.
LOCAL councils have shown their support for third-party appeal rights in planning in a move that could benefit residents fighting developments they believe are against the character of their neighbourhoods.
The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) recently sought submissions for its discussion paper Third-party Appeal Rights in Planning. The Town of Victoria Park and City of South Perth both indicated support.
The discussion paper highlighted that WA had no thirdparty appeal rights under the Planning and Development Act 2005 and included arguments for and against the concept.
The Town of Victoria Park voted on July 11 to support the introduction of third-party appeal rights for affected neighbours, community groups or local governments.
The City of South Perth voted to support “some form” of thirdparty appeal rights on June 27 subject to conditions, including the rights “invoked only through a well-developed and considered process that limits the impact on resources and uncertainty”.
The council included in its submission its desire for appeals only to be applied where discretion was exercised under the R codes, local planning policie, and local planning schemes, and for the Development Assessment Panels also to be subject to any third-party appeals process adopted.
The South Perth Peninsula Action Group is among the community groups who support thirdparty appeals and is calling on the State Government to make changes to the planning system.
Group spokeswoman Vicki Redden said the current Development Assessment Panel process allowed developers to “exploit the system” and resulted in approvals for “inappropriate developments”.
City of Belmont chief executive Stuart Cole said the council did not vote on the issue.
“City officers discussed the issue with the council and have subsequently provided technical comments to WALGA,” he said.
“In summary, the comments were that blanket third-party planning appeal rights in WA should not be adopted.”