No hid­ing from plan­ning rules

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News -

PLAN­NING rules and a coun­cil’s power to de­fine res­i­dents’ amenity de­feated pleas for a de­signer-cubby with­out per­mis­sion to stay in a Mos­man Park tree last week.

“Let’s get some­thing clear from the start, the Town of Mos­man Park does not op­pose cubby houses, but we have to rely on guide­lines and plan­ning rules, so the is­sue here is if it’s over-height and whether it is hav­ing an ad­verse af­fect on neigh­bours,’ Cr Zenda John­son said.

The Mont­gomery fam­ily, of Jame­son Street, sought ret­ro­spec­tive ap­proval for the 5m-high tree house back­ing onto a rear lane along which one of five ad­join­ing neigh­bours had com­plained about the struc­ture, which had 3.5m-high walls, trig­ger­ing the coun­cil’s de­sign rules.

Mrs Mont­gomery said re­mov­ing the tree house would deny chil­dren a cre­ative ex­pe­ri­ence of life, its con­struc­tion threat­ened the coun­cil’s abil­ity to con­trol “or­ganic struc­tures” and only one neigh­bour had com­plained when the tree house was 11m from a bound­ary.

Staff said the struc­ture would not af­fect neigh­bours’ pri­vacy but it was 4.5m from a bound­ary to the west.

After a mo­tion ap­prov­ing the tree house failed to find a sec­on­der, coun­cil­lors agreed to re­ject ap­proval of the tree house be­cause the struc­ture’s lo­ca­tion, bulk, ma­te­ri­als and fin­ish were “in­con­sis­tent with the prin­ci­ples of or­derly and proper plan­ning”.

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