HOUS­ING PLAN AGITATES NEIGH­BOUR­HOOD

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

A STATE Gov­ern­ment Hous­ing Au­thor­ity pro­posal to build units in a 40-year-old neigh­bour­hood near the in­ter­sec­tion of As­ton and Mof­flin av­enues in Clare­mont has ag­i­tated res­i­dents of the area.

“We have Aus­tralia Day and Christ­mas street par­ties in the park at the other end of the av­enue, and we fear this will also be de­vel­oped,” said Mar­garet Bar­bour (78), a 46-year Mof­flin Av­enue res­i­dent.

Res­i­dent and pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser El­iz­a­beth Killerby has 25 signed sub­mis­sions crit­i­cal of the HA’s pro­posal for a three-storey, 25-unit com­plex that would in­clude about three so­cial hous­ing units, about six for af­ford­able hous­ing and the re­main­der to be sold pri­vately.

Be­cause the site is Gov­ern­ment-owned, the units avoid coun­cil plan­ning and go to the Gov­ern­ment’s WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

“Why is this prime land at the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity site, which in­cludes pri­vate homes, not open to ten­der?” Mof­flin Av­enue res­i­dent Karen Kerr asked.

The coun­cil told res­i­dents about the pro­posal 10 days ago, cre­at­ing con­cerns of more apart­ments in the precinct be­cause the HA ar­chi­tect’s web­site said the units could be a land­mark for other devel­op­ment in the area.

Res­i­dents are also con­cerned that park­ing at the units may lead to con­ges­tion, a loss of pri­vacy at new, po­ten­tially over­shad­owed homes north of the site and why the pro­posal breaches the coun­cil’s R25 zon­ing in the sur­round­ing area.

“We knew it was Hous­ing Au­thor­ity land when we bought here, but most of us thought if it was de­vel­oped it would be sin­gle dwellings, per­haps two sub­di­vi­sions for four homes, and not 25 units, so the coun­cil should go in to bat for us,” ratepayer Gary Bai­ley, who is build­ing in Mof­flin Av­enue, said.

Clare­mont Mayor Jock Barker said the coun­cil could only com­ment to the WAPC about the pro­posal, and “quite of­ten Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments ig­nore what­ever we say”.

HA com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions gen­eral man­ager Nigel Hindmarsh said the units were con­sid­ered pub­lic works need­ing ap­proval from the WAPC and the HA was “keen” for “feed­back” from the coun­cil and res­i­dents

He said all park­ing would be hid­den with six vis­i­tor bays on the street, a con­cealed roof would re­duce the impression of height but the mix of hous­ing types was un­de­cided.

Mof­flin Av­enue pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser El­iz­a­beth Killerby with res­i­dents up­set by the HA’s pro­posal to build units near their homes. Inset: The pro­posed apart­ment block.

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