‘No’ to roof garden
OWNERS of a proposed new home on the prestigious Avonmore Terrace were denied permission for a roof-top garden when Cottesloe councillors grappled with surveyors’ ground height measurements for the house and its two neighbours on the development last month.
“You only use roof gardens on calm, summer nights when noise spreads over the neighbourhood like a blanket,” Cr Jack Walsh said.
Cr Walsh, a geologist with surveying experience, also challenged the natural ground levels of the block where three houses may be built at 32, 34 and 34A Avonmore Terrace, which runs northsouth on a coastal ridge facing the sea.
He said one surveyor’s measurements had “marked difference” from another’s, alleging somewhere “up to 10 per cent out of whack”, and unless the levels were accurate the council would open a “can of worms” that could lead to new properties east of the avenue seeking infill for greater height and views.
Staff said the Water Corporation no longer had older maps that could confirm the blocks’ levels and historical data from the town’s archives had to be used.
It was eventually agreed that approval for the homes, without the roof garden and its pool for one property, is conditional on the lowest ground levels being used at the three blocks.