Planning scheme to be amended
COTTESLOE has had to change its controversial Local Planning Scheme No.3 so owners of old homes can build around the heights for new properties brought in when the council argued with the State Government about beachfront highrise.
Recently, an application to restore a Broome Street apartment block highlighted the error in LPS3, which has a setback five-storey limit on the beach with six to eight storeys at the Ocean Beach Hotel and Il Lido sites .
At last week’s meeting, it was agreed to change LPS3 so that the increased heights at older buildings in the rest of the town could be accommodated.
“But it won’t change height limits on the beach,” chief executive Carl Askew said.
Mr Askew said the council accepted the government-approved scheme “and now we’ve tidied it up”.
A Department of Planning spokeswoman said when a new scheme became operational it was “not uncommon” for modifications to be made.
“The Department of Planning will liaise with the Town of Cottesloe as required,” she said.