A chal­lenge is­sued to Baver­stock naysay­ers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

WE rarely ques­tion the ad­vice of pro­fes­sion­als such as den­tists, doc­tors or lawyers, so when did it be­come OK pub­licly to shame and dis­re­gard the pro­fes­sional ad­vice of plan­ners, ar­chi­tects and ur­ban de­sign­ers?

Higher den­sity devel­op­ment around rail­way sta­tions and ur­ban cen­tres is renowned as be­ing a sen­si­ble ap­proach to ur­ban plan­ning and re­duc­ing sprawl­ing car-de­pen­dant cities of the fu­ture.

I chal­lenge any of the Baver­stock naysay­ers to find any se­ri­ous plan­ning doc­u­men­ta­tion that does not sup­port this plan­ning di­rec­tion and ask that they use it in their ar­gu­ments rather than cit­ing ir­rel­e­vant grounds such as fi­nan­cial gain.

I would also chal­lenge the naysay­ers to ask where they will live in Cottes­loe when they wish to down­size and age in place be­cause the hous­ing choice is dis­mally poor.

I also ques­tion the mo­tives of the so-called "Cottes­loe Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion", which does not rep­re­sent the views of the whole com­mu­nity and should not be us­ing its name pub­licly to de­nounce res­i­den­tial progress and its own ratepay­ers.

The Depart­ment of Plan­ning plays a vi­tal role in shap­ing the fu­ture of Perth, and pro­fes­sion­als in the devel­op­ment in­dus­try make de­ci­sions based on good de­sign, plan­ning merit, sus­tain­abil­ity, fu­ture hous­ing trends and af­ford­abil­ity.

They should be re­spected, and our lo­cal res­i­dents and coun­cil­lors should be guided by their ad­vice and base their de­ci­sion on such ad­vice.

Cottes­loe’s lo­cal plan­ning strat­egy clearly iden­ti­fies tran­sit-ori­ented devel­op­ment, and its Town Plan­ning Scheme should be up­dated to re­flect this, and bet­ter align with other Gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments sup­port­ing this.

Gary Baver­stock should be con­grat­u­lated on his devel­op­ment, which ticks the box for good plan­ning, aes­thet­ics, sus­tain­abil­ity, walk­a­bil­ity and af­ford­abil­ity whilst al­low­ing our older Cottes­loe res­i­dents to age in place.

You do not tell a chef how to shuck an oys­ter, and you should not be telling plan­ners how to best de­sign neigh­bour­hoods.

Jaime Atkin­son, Cottes­loe.

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