Move has ap­peal

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

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.”

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