Sub­di­vi­sion un­hap­pi­ness

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BASSETT

TOWN of Cottes­loe coun­cil­lors have added their weight to the pro­posed sub­di­vi­sion of two R20 blocks to­talling 1666sq m af­ter they ‘called in’ the ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore it went to the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (WAPC).

The coun­cil’s staff had al­ready re­jected the pro­posal for 25 Mann Street, Cottes­loe, claim­ing it was not or­derly and poorly planned be­cause the four new lots would not have been reg­u­lar rec­tan­gles.

At last month’s coun­cil meet­ing, Crs San­dra Boul­ter and Sally Pyvis asked that coun­cil­lors also con­sider the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Cr Boul­ter said she had been in­formed the new lots wanted by own­ers JWS and AE Loh could be un­der­sized.

The staff said that was not the case, be­cause two 380sq m lots cre­ated by di­vid­ing the first block and two po­ten­tially of 450sq m from the sec­ond block all sat­is­fied av­er­age (450sq m) and min­i­mum (350sq m) lot sizes.

How­ever, if a foot­path to one of the smaller blocks was re­moved, it would be only 320sq m, and if all the new lots had been rec­tan­gu­lar they would not meet re­quired sizes.

“In that case I want to add coun­cil­lors’ weight to the staff’s re­jec­tion as it goes to the WAPC,” Cr Boul­ter said.

The house strad­dling the sec­ond block, a 1915-built Ed­war­dian bun­ga­low by ar­chi­tect Al­fred Riggs, has cat­e­gory three pro­tec­tion on the coun­cil’s her­itage list.

It would be de­mol­ished if the full sub­di­vi­sion to cre­ate four new lots was ap­proved.

Cr Katrina Downes said it was still a “beau­ti­ful home” which would be a “shame” to de­mol­ish.

It was agreed that coun­cil­lors would add their ob­jec­tion to the pro­posed sub­di­vi­sion when it is heard by the WAPC af­ter De­cem­ber 9.

Ben Ham­blin has been awarded Curtin Univer­sity’s top schol­ar­ship.

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