‘Relief’ for Cambridge
JOHN Day has supported Planning Minister Donna Faragher’s decision to reject Town of Cambridge Town Scheme Amendment 31.
Mr Day was the previous planning minister who made changes to the Amendment in April before the portfolio was passed to Ms Faragher, who said she had the benefit of further discussions with the Town.
Mr Day’s version of the controversial proposal included split coding to enable multidwellings up to R30 within 400m of local centres, allowance of two dwellings on corner blocks 900sq m or above in City Beach and Floreat, and Cambridge Street lots to be splitcoded R40/R60 to allow for multiple dwellings.
The changes were to be advertised to the public this week.
“(Ms Faragher) has had the responsibility for dealing with Amendment 31 over the last six months and the benefit of further discussions, including with the Town of Cambridge,’ Mr Day said. “I have full confidence in the decision she has made with all of the advice available to her.”
Ms Faragher announced her decision yesterday after meeting with Town representatives on August 11 and receiving further advice from the Planning Department.
“I have decided against progressing with Amendment 31 in its current form, as the eventual outcome is unlikely to be one that would be supported,” she said.
Mayor Keri Shannon said Ms Faragher’s decision would have been “a relief for many” and met with the popping of champagne corks.
But Shelter WA spokesman Stephen Hall issued a statement saying the decision was “diametrically opposed to the planning principles already adopted by the WA Government in Directions 2031 and the State Planning Strategy”.
“The State Government has set diversity and infill targets for each local government, which this scheme amendment by the Town of Cambridge seeks to address,” he said.
“The proposed scheme amendment promotes infill and diversity at an appropriate level in Cambridge. The failure to approve this scheme amendment perpetuates the NIMBY (Not in my backyard) mentality that has plagued WA planning system for many years.”
Mr Day and Ms Faragher encouraged the Town to progress with planning changes that would allow for more housing diversity.
It is understood the Town has already engaged consultants to commence a strategy that would address the aims of the amendment in a different way. See opinion, page 12
WESTERN suburbs residents have spoken and they have been heard. After about 18 months of intense opposition to Amendment 31, which would have seen higher density in “leafy” City Beach and Floreat, Planning Minister Donna Faragher has rejected it. Now it is back to the planning drawing board. But one thing remains – we still need to find somewhere for people in this booming population to live. While it is fair and understandable for people to fight to retain the “leafy” aesthetic, what isn’t fair is that present residents be the only ones who get to enjoy it. A similar NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) attitude developed in Kalamunda; residents were outraged over multi-storey apartment blocks threatening the country lifestyle they have enjoyed. But shouldn’t other people be able to enjoy it too? The thing that makes the area a great place to live should not be exclusive to the people who live there now.