House plans fall off the cliff

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - By JON BAS­SETT

MOS­MAN Park Coun­cil has re­fused a pro­posed four-storey house for a sec­ond time be­cause of the de­sign’s “dev­as­tat­ing de­gree” of im­pact on views on cliff-top Saun­ders Street above the Swan River that is home to some of the most wealthy in Perth.

“It is the of­fi­cer’s opin­ion that the site is large enough for a site-re­spon­sive de­sign to be achieved with­out se­verely af­fect­ing the amenity of sur­round­ing prop­er­ties,” a coun­cil re­port said at last month’s meet­ing.

An ini­tial non-con­form­ing de­sign for the 1234sq m site, re­quested by ap­pli­cant Colleen How­son, was re­jected by the coun­cil in Fe­bru­ary.

Sub­se­quent State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal me­di­a­tion pro­duced two sets of amended plans for a home claimed to be 75 per cent larger and about 5m taller than the al­ready sig­nif­i­cant lux­ury homes in the street. How­ever, the sec­ond set were sub­mit­ted too late to be con­sid­ered by the coun­cil last week.

The staff re­port said a “cur­sory” as­sess­ment of the sec­ond set of plans in­di­cated they had not “ma­te­ri­ally changed” from the first set, which were rec­om­mended to be re­jected.

Is­sues cited for their re­jec­tion in­cluded im­pact on views, in­com­pat­i­bil­ity with the site’s set­ting, not con­form­ing with the pat­tern of Saun­ders Street devel­op­ment, re­duc­ing pri­vacy of neigh­bours, and a fail­ure to fol­low the set­back rule with­out ex­ces­sive bulk and scale.

Wellington Street res­i­dents Sue and Wal­ter Rudd over­look the site and wanted the plans re­jected, claim­ing the four storeys would “oblit­er­ate” their views.

The steep block on Saun­ders Street.

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