Emo­tional plea re­jected

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

A PARK Street res­i­dent’s de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion to make room for her 92-year-old aunt was lost at Su­bi­aco Coun­cil this month.

The State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal (SAT) asked coun­cil­lors to re­con­sider their May 15 de­ci­sion and in­stead ap­prove the ap­pli­ca­tion sub­ject to con­di­tions.

Sue Wil­liams said she wanted to build a two-storey an­cil­lary dwelling and garage at the rear of 22 Park Street for her­self, so her non-bi­o­log­i­cal aunt and carer could move into the ex­ist­ing house.

Ms Wil­liams said her aunt needed a high level of care as she had Parkin­son’s dis­ease.

Neigh­bours Howard and Beth Croxon, at 18 Park Street, said they were con­cerned about coun­cil set­ting a “dis­as­trous prece­dent” if the ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved.

“We have protests from all ad­join­ing neigh­bours,” Mr Croxon said. “It does not com­ply with rcodes and backs on to a very nar­row lane; this is noth­ing more than a weak at­tempt to bend the rules to get a re­sult at coun­cil.”

The staff rec­om­men­da­tion to ap­prove the ap­pli­ca­tion was lost 67 in favour of Coun­cil­lor Paul Cle­ments’ al­ter­na­tive to refuse.

Cr Lyn­ley Hewett said that in her 22 years on coun­cil, she had never been so ap­palled by the per­sonal at­tacks on Ms Wil­liams’ char­ac­ter.

“This has be­come very bit­ter,” Cr Hewett said. “Words like ‘amenity’ can­not be quan­ti­fied.

“We have the dis­cre­tion to al­low an­cil­lary ac­com­mo­da­tion. Largely, if not com­pletely, this com­plies.

“Whether you like the look of it or not is im­ma­te­rial.”

Cr Cle­ments said the ap­pli­ca­tion “clearly” af­fected sur­round­ing amenity.

“The smaller the blocks, the larger ef­fect on amenity,” he said.

“Make no mis­take, this is a real af­front to her­itage.

“The neigh­bours want the rules up­held. It’s as sim­ple as that.”

Cr Mark Burns said coun­cil risked set­ting a legally bind­ing prece­dent if the ap­pli­ca­tion was later ap­proved at SAT.

“If there’s one thing SAT does, it’s re­peat be­hav­iour,” he said.

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