Councillor moves an innovative idea
PEPPERMINT Grove Councillor Peter Macintosh suggested moving a new home 200mm north to accommodate a contentious southern boundary wall at the council’s meeting last month.
“If you cut 200m off the north lounge you could move the entire house 200m across the block,” Cr Macintosh said.
The council had previously rejected a design for the home comprising two mirrored living areas for family members of varying ages on the 1645sq m black at 38 The Esplanade, Peppermint Grove.
After a redesign that created a main home with an ancillary dwelling, council staff said there was still a 200mm shortfall along the plan’s southern boundary wall, which R-Codes required have a 2m setback.
At the council meeting, planning consultant Eugene Farraro said councillors could use their discretion to allow the contentious section of the wall.
“My planning submission as provided to the Shire confirms that there is no overshadowing, overlooking, building bulk or privacy issues arising form the proposed 2m southern boundary setback,” Mr Farraro said, before the plan was approved.