Why 220 project re­jected: Panel

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

A DEVEL­OP­MENT as­sess­ment panel (JDAP) found six rea­sons to refuse a con­tro­ver­sial pro­posal for a beach­side cafe and nine apart­ments at 220 Marine Pa­rade, at the north­ern-most end of Cottes­loe.

“The pro­posed devel­op­ment does not com­ply with the Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme No 3 (LSP3) with re­spect to the max­i­mum per­mit­ted build­ing height and num­ber of storey in a res­i­den­tial R25 zone,” the Metro-West JDAP said in its unan­i­mous de­ci­sion af­ter a hear­ing last week.

Bi­bra Lake-based pro­po­nent Marc Ratta had no pub­lic sup­port dur­ing Cottes­loe coun­cil con­sul­ta­tion to re­place a cur­rently rented red brick com­plex near the Vera View dog beach, and more than 1km from the near­est beach­front high-rise al­lowed in the lo­cal plan­ning scheme.

Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins took the coun­cil’s lawyer to the hear­ing to ar­gue against the pro­posal, which by­passed the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion-mak­ing process be­cause Peter Webb and As­so­ci­ates took the op­tion of go­ing to the JDAP, which can con­sider projects worth more than $2 mil­lion,

In its de­ci­sion, the JDAP said the cafe was also not al­lowed in LPS3, the devel­op­ment was not a non-con­form­ing use al­lowed by the coun­cil and it did not com­ple­ment the char­ac­ter of the beach­front street.

The ap­pli­ca­tion also failed be­cause there was not enough in­for­ma­tion about street set­back, lot bound­aries, light, park­ing, pri­vacy, sight­lines and land­scap­ing.

The JDAP sys­tem has pre­vi­ously been crit­i­cised as a way for devel­op­ers to get ap­proval for projects that rile com­mu­ni­ties.

“I hope this de­ci­sion on 220 is a huge mes­sage for any­one who may use that av­enue, be­cause it was a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion,” Ms Dawkins said.

She did not ex­pect the pro­posal had been an am­bit claim that could prompt and al­ter new ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause what was al­lowed was set out “ex­tremely clearly” in LPS3 and the coun­cil’s re­spon­si­ble au­thor­ity re­port to the JDAP. Mr Ratta has yet to com­ment.

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