Cott crowd cracks code
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.