HOUS­ING OP­TIONS ON TA­BLE

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

THE is­sue of hous­ing op­tions, or in­creased den­sity, in City Beach and Floreat will come to a head to­mor­row night at a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing.

Town of Cam­bridge Mayor Si­mon Withers has pre­vi­ously called the amend­ment to the Town Plan­ning Scheme one of the big­gest changes in the coun­cil’s 20-year his­tory.

Coun­cil­lors will de­bate the change and then send their rec­om­men­da­tion to the Plan­ning De­part­ment for con­sid­er­a­tion by the Plan­ning Min­is­ter.

At last Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing, sev­eral res­i­dents and Cr Rod Bradley re­quested that the de­ci­sion be de­ferred un­til af­ter the lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions in Oc­to­ber.

Cr Bradley said he would be vot­ing to sup­port the life­style of the coast ward and en­cour­aged other coun­cil­lors to do the same. How­ever, his mo­tion was de­feated.

Floreat res­i­dent Catherine Wilkin­son asked why the coun­cil had pushed to de­cide the fate of the amend­ment this week.

Mr Withers re­sponded that no new in­for­ma­tion or ob­jec­tions had been re­ceived in the past two months.

He said the coun­cil was con­sid­er­ing adopt­ing a bed­room re­stric­tion on the new types of dwellings in re­sponse to some of the com­mu­nity feed­back.

“But I don’t be­lieve there will be a mas­sive stam­pede of peo­ple buy­ing (the new dwellings),” Mr Withers said.

Floreat res­i­dent Sharon Good­child de­scribed the process as a “Clay­ton’s con­sul­ta­tion” and claimed it was the type of con­sul­ta­tion a coun­cil would do if it wasn’t in­ter­ested in the re­sponses.

More than 2000 sig­na­tures were col­lected on a pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing the amend­ment.

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