Cott crowd cracks code

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By JON BAS­SETT

A GROUP of 18 Cottes­loe res­i­dents have suc­cess­fully lob­bied their coun­cil to con­sider sub­di­vid­ing their homes along Curtin Av­enue.

The res­i­dents be­tween Florence and Grants streets cited in­creased traf­fic and train noise, age­ing homes and cost of re­build­ing, and the need for greater hous­ing den­sity to com­bat ur­ban sprawl in Perth for the re­quest to change their prop­er­ties from R20 to R30.

Any new homes on the sub­di­vided blocks would have ac­cess cen­tred on ad­ja­cent laneways, al­low­ing land­scap­ing of Curtin Av­enue but their per­mis­sion would re­quire an ad­ver­tised change to the Town’s plan­ning scheme.

How­ever, Cr Jack Walsh said he had “trou­ble with the logic” of sub­di­vi­sion be­cause 12 of the res­i­dents were sig­na­to­ries to a form let­ter, and he was con­cerned about “ad-hoc plan­ning” and some pro­po­nents may be seek­ing “wind­fall prof­its”.

“If it’s that ter­ri­ble liv­ing there, why should we ar­gue that we should have twice the num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing there?” Cr Walsh said.

It was agreed the coun­cil con­sider the re­quest, and staff re­port on whether a sub­di­vi­sion could be man­aged at a fu­ture meet­ing.

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