Coun­cil­lors hit the roof

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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