House plans fall off the cliff
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.