Res­i­dents con­cerned about devel­op­ment

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SOUTHCARE has de­fended it­self against com­plaints from nearby res­i­dents about its pro­posed devel­op­ment that could see 82 units be­ing built in Man­ning.

A group of res­i­dents approached the South­ern Gazette with con­cerns about the scale of the not-for-profit group’s devel­op­ment, which is pro­posed to com­prise aged and de­pen­dent hous­ing.

The res­i­dents are con­cerned that Southcare was al­lowed to have an un­lim­ited plot ra­tio when the City of South Perth’s Town Plan­ning Scheme No. 6 (TPS) was amended in 2015 and the cur­rent pro­posal did not re­flect the orig­i­nal con­cept pro­posed in 2014.

Other con­cerns raised were that the devel­op­ment did not com­ply with as­pects of the TPS in terms of min­i­mum open space, max­i­mum height, park­ing bays and that the lo­cal com­mu­nity was not en­gaged with in a mean­ing­ful man­ner.

Pether Road res­i­dent Paul de Tores said the res­i­dents un­der­stood the need for the devel­op­ment but ques­tioned the ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity.

Southcare chief ex­ec­u­tive Nicky Howe said among the ben­e­fits of the devel­op­ment would be that it would ad­dress a short­age of ap­pro­pri­ate di­verse hous­ing for aged and de­pen­dent peo­ple.

“This devel­op­ment will pro­vide ac­ces­si­ble places for peo­ple and will meet uni­ver­sal de­sign prin­ci­ples and best prac­tice in build­ing ac­ces­si­ble places,” she said.

“Be­cause the max­i­mum amount of devel­op­ment is strictly con­trolled by height lim­its and set­backs, as well as a num­ber of other de­sign con­trols, a plot ra­tio limit be­comes ir­rel­e­vant.”

Dr Howe said con­sul­ta­tion about the project had started in 2012 and in­cluded mul­ti­ple in­for­ma­tion evenings for res­i­dents.

“Im­ages pre­pared in 2014 as part of the amend­ment to the City of South Perth’s Town Plan­ning Scheme 6 were in­dica­tive only and served to pro­vide a vis­ual for the com­mu­nity to un­der­stand the po­ten­tial scale of any fu­ture devel­op­ment,” she said.

Dr Howe said she be­lieved the devel­op­ment com­plied with the Town Plan­ning Scheme 6 and the Res­i­den­tial De­sign Codes.

Mayor Sue Do­herty said the pro­vi­sion to al­low for an un­lim­ited plot ra­tio was made by John Day, the Plan­ning Min­is­ter at the time, af­ter the amend­ment was sub­mit­ted to the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion. Ms Do­herty was a board mem­ber of Southcare from 2002 un­til Oc­to­ber 2016. For­mer coun­cil­lor Kevin Trent was a mem­ber from the later 1990s and left dur­ing the same month.

Ms Do­herty said she was con­fi­dent when mat­ters re­lat­ing to Southcare were put to the coun­cil. She re­moved her­self from the coun­cil cham­ber dur­ing dis­cus­sions.

“I un­der­stand the pro­vi­sions of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act re­gard­ing “dec­la­ra­tions of in­ter­est” and the penal­ties for not do­ing so, hence I pub­li­cally ac­knowl­edged I had in­ter­est as a mem­ber of the board and took no part,” she said.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Man­ning res­i­dents Paul de Tores, Leonie and Steve Kelly, Jeanette Dol­man, Suzanne Rosier, Mau­reen Murray and Greame Bur­ton.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed devel­op­ment.

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