Councillors hit the roof
THE Town of Cottesloe may rule out roof pools and gardens in new homes.
“We need to do something now, instead of 10 years’ time when our streets will be ruined,” Cr Jack Walsh said at last month’s meeting.
Cr Walsh and Mayor Jo Dawkins are concerned that first and second-storey pools and garden terraces are being used to fulfil planning rules for open space.
“It’s almost encouraging people to build boundary to boundary,” Mrs Dawkins said.
Separately at the meeting, the council deferred plans for two Avonmore Terrace homes with roof pools. The homes’ owners appealed to the State Administrative Tribunal after councillors’ previous refusals because of claimed bulk, scale and proximity to boundaries.
Mrs Dawkins, who lives opposite the Avonmore homes, said roof pools and garden terraces could be leaving limited space for “genuine” open space and ground level gardens across Cottesloe.
However, Cr Sally Pyvis said it would be hard to determine what were genuine roof garden designs in any new set of planning rules.
Council staff will now report at a future meeting on whether roof pools, gardens and terraces cannot be regarded as open spaces in new houses.