‘No’ to roof gar­den

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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