House rules over­haul

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

CITY Beach res­i­dent Sally Hollins says she would hate to move out of the sub­urb she loves be­cause there are no other hous­ing op­tions.

Mrs Hollins and her hus­band Peter sup­port the Town of Cam­bridge’s pro­posed amend­ment to the Town Plan­ning Scheme that would al­low four new types of res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment in City Beach, Floreat and Mt Clare­mont.

“This pro­posal should spark dis­cus­sion about what sort of com­mu­nity we want to live in, not the value of our land,” she said. “We hon­estly want to stay here into our old age; I’d hate to think that we had to leave City Beach.”

City Beach res­i­dent Keri Shan­non helped or­gan­ise a com­mu­nity meet­ing against the amend­ment at Beecroft Park in City Beach last Sun­day.

At least 800 peo­ple at­tended the meet­ing, in­clud­ing Church­lands MLA Sean L’Es­trange.

Ms Shan­non said she had talked to res­i­dents who sup­ported the amend­ment but in most cases, they did not un­der­stand the pro­posed changes or were plan­ning on mov­ing out of the area in the fu­ture.

“Peo­ple don’t un­der­stand that you will have to de­mol­ish your house be­fore you can build and the En­dow­ment Act won’t pro­tect them un­der the new amend­ment,” she said.

Mayor Si­mon Withers said he as­sumed the hous­ing op­tions would be used for new de­vel­op­ments but if an ex­ist­ing house had com­pli­ant set­backs, it could be adapted for use.

CITY Beach res­i­dent Sally Hollins says there are no op­tions for peo­ple like her to down­size with­out mov­ing to a re­tire­ment vil­lage if she stays in the sub­urb.

The Town of Cam­bridge’s pro­posed new hous­ing op­tions would al­low a corner lot with two dwellings, a corner lot with three dwellings, manor house apart­ments that could in­clude up to four apart­ments and Cam­bridge Street apart­ments that could in­clude up to four apart­ments and up to two storeys.

Mrs Hollins said that de­spite the push against the Town Plan­ning Scheme amend­ment by a group of res­i­dents, she had spo­ken to dozens of her neigh­bours who sup­ported the changes.

“It’s about be­ing in­clu­sive, not ex­clu­sive,” she said. “With a va­ri­ety of op­tions, we can all look for­ward to stay­ing in a sub­urb that we all love for as long as we want to.”

City Beach res­i­dent Keri Shan­non said the Town of Cam­bridge failed to con­sult with the com­mu­nity on the amend­ment.

“We think that it’s bad in­fill and bad den­sity – it’s def­i­nitely higher den­sity than it is now,” Ms Shan­non said.

“It will mean more traf­fic on the roads and peo­ple will be park­ing on the street, like in Su­bi­aco.

“It’s a safety is­sue for kids walk­ing to school too.”

Mayor Si­mon Withers said he as­sumed the hous­ing op­tions would be used for new de­vel­op­ments but if an ex­ist­ing house had com­pli­ant set­backs, it could be adapted for use.

“I don’t think it’s been an un­rea- son­able process,” Mr Withers said.

“We have al­lo­cated more than a month to an­a­lyse the re­sults of the sur­vey.

“It will be dis­cussed at the June coun­cil meet­ing and we will make a rec­om­men­da­tion. Then it will go to the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and then the Min­is­ter for Plan­ning.”

WA Prop­erty Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Joe Lenzo said the com­mu­nity should not be mis­led into think­ing Cam­bridge was propos­ing to turn their sub­urbs into the Gold Coast.

“What is be­ing pro­posed is gen­tle den­sity that en­cour­ages more hous­ing di­ver­sity like a pair of new dwellings on large corner blocks,” he said. “The al­ter­na­tive is forc­ing groups like older house­holds to move out of their neigh­bour­hoods when they are look­ing for smaller places to live lo­cally.”

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson d435623

City Beach res­i­dents Sally and Peter Hollins in front of their home and a neigh­bour­ing house un­der con­struc­tion that com­plies with cur­rent reg­u­la­tions. Inset: The com­mu­nity meet­ing at Beecroft Park.

Cam­bridge coun­cil­lors.

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