Infill decision is a matter of choice
THE choice is what kind of infill, not whether infill is coming to Cottesloe. The Swanbourne Village Trust wanted an ecologically and age-sensitive boutique design on Railway Street to complement Perth’s need for multiple homes near transport, shops, schools and activities. Neighbours and some councillors did not want to risk more apartments, congestion and overshadowing in an R20 area, if the proposal’s R60 was allowed. Opportunities for all sides have been lost in a sometimes vehement bun fight and split council vote, culminating in the apparent failed revoking of approval for the proposal, last week. The Trust may have lost community goodwill and the council’s process tarnished, and residents could have shot down potentially iconic infill, setting a high standard for the rest of the town. Mainstream developers may well look at this debacle and see it as more proof to take their bland, tilt-up white apartments to unelected development assessment panels, where no residents have a real say and the council is neutered.