Third party ap­peals call

Stirling Times - - News -

THE City of Stir­ling has sup­ported the need for third party ap­peal rights on plan­ning is­sues to give af­fected com­mu­nity mem­bers more say on de­vel­op­ments.

Coun­cil­lors voted to give in-prin­ci­ple sup­port for third party ap­peal rights at last week’s coun­cil meet­ing, which would give peo­ple a chance to ap­peal a de­ci­sion on a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion.

In De­cem­ber 2016, the WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion State Coun­cil re­quested a re­view of WALGA’s pol­icy po­si­tion on third party ap­peal rights and called on lo­cal gov­ern­ments to make sub­mis­sions.

The City’s plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee formed the opin­ion there was a con­cern the views of com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by de­vel­op­ment pro­pos­als were not be­ing “ad­e­quately con­sid­ered” as part of the cur­rent plan­ning sys­tem.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of third party ap­peal rights could fa­cil­i­tate im­proved com­mu­nity en­gage­ment in the WA plan­ning process,” the re­port said.

Coun­cil also re­quested that WALGA in­ves­ti­gate how third party ap­peals could be im­ple­mented in WA and un­der­take a de­tailed anal­y­sis and “holis­tic” re­view of sim­i­lar plan­ning sys­tems.

Scar­bor­ough res­i­dent Si­mon Wheeler, who has been fight­ing a con­tro­ver­sial Ozone Pa­rade de­vel­op­ment, said the cur­rent sys­tem was of­ten ma­nip­u­lated by de­vel­op­ers.

“The orig­i­nal ap­proved de­vel­op­ment at Ozone Pa­rade bears lit­tle re­sem­blance, vis­ually, and in terms of amenity and com­pli­ance to its fi­nal built form,” he said in a dep­u­ta­tion to the City’s plan­ning com­mit­tee.

“An out­wardly le­gal plan­ning process has de­liv­ered some­thing en­tirely dif­fer­ent from that which was ini­tially ap­proved.”

Mr Wheeler said the City’s com­ments to WALGA were com­pre­hen­sive and well bal­anced.

WA is the only state not to al­low third party ap­peals, ex­cept in one or two lo­cal plan­ning schemes.

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