Coun­cil tak­ing lawyer to JDAP

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

COTTES­LOE Coun­cil will this week take its lawyer to a rare show­down at a Join De­vel­op­ment Assess­ment Panel (JDAP) that will de­cide on a con­tentious apart­ments and cafe pro­posal in North Cottes­loe.

“The Town has con­sulted with its solic­i­tors on as­pects of this ap­pli­ca­tion and whether or not it is ca­pa­ble of be­ing ap­proved un­der the Town of Cottes­loe lo­cal plan­ning scheme No.3,” a staff re­port said at a spe­cial meet­ing last Tues­day.

At is­sue is whether the coun­cil’s Re­spon­si­ble Au­thor­ity Re­port (RAR) to the JDAP about the ap­pli­ca­tion can be in­flu­enced by com­mu­nity un­hap­pi­ness, which the mi­nor­ity-elected panel may also con­sider.

Pro­po­nent Barry Moore Pty Ltd wants to de­mol­ish a red brick rental, four-storey apart­ment block at 220 Ma­rine Pa­rade.

It could be re­placed with nine new units, set back to five floors, with the cafe about 1km north of the near­est sim­i­lar fa­cil­i­ties.

At the meet­ing, pro­po­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive Peter Webb said le­gal ad­vice had also been ob­tained by his clients about any non-con­form­ing use,

Mr Webb said the cafe would “likely” be closed mid af­ter­noons, af­ter serv­ing break­fasts and lunches.

The JDAP, which de­vel­op­ers can choose for projects worth more than $2 mil­lion, may con­sider the coun­cil’s con­cerns, but is not bound by them.

The staff re­port said that while its tech­ni­cal assess­ment of the apart­ments could be made, only the mi­nor­ity two coun­cil­lors on the JDAP could rep­re­sent com­mu­nity con­cerns.

The coun­cil said the apart­ments might not be el­i­gi­ble for ap­proval un­der its town plan­ning scheme, had in­ap­pro­pri­ate scale and bulk, and detri­men­tally af­fected amenity. All pub­lic com­ments, which were un­num­bered, ob­jected to the de­vel­op­ment.

Devel­oper Barry Moore Pty Ltd pro­poses new apart­ments and a cafe at this old block on Ma­rine Pa­rade in Cottes­loe.

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