In­fill de­ci­sion is a mat­ter of choice

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Opinion - Jon Bas­sett - re­porter

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.

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