Plan­ning ‘free-for-all’

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Com­mu­ni­tynews the corner of Rail­way and Cong­don streets, near Swan­bourne rail­way sta­tion, from R20 to R65 for 13 apart­ments in three-storey clus­ter on slop­ing blocks.

When re­con­sid­er­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion last Septem­ber, Cottes­loe coun­cil­lors were told that by ad­ver­tis­ing the pro­posal it would go to the Gov­ern­ment, and the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion gave its nod last Wed­nes­day.

Mr Ham­mond said the as­so­ci­a­tion would now op­pose de­vel­op­ments con­trary to the plan­ning scheme which res­i­dents had “fought” to get and it would mon­i­tor Mr Baver­stock’s de­vel­op­ment.

Cottes­loe chief ex­ec­u­tive Mat Hum­frey said ad­vice from the WAPC said the re­zon­ing was “not sub­stan­tial” and it did not need more ad­ver­tis­ing, so a re­port on its de­ci­sion would go to the coun­cil in June.

“It’s gone through and I’m very happy about it a day be­fore my birth­day,” Mr Baver­stock said.

Asked when he would start con­struc­tion, he said he would have to con­sider “tech­ni­cal mat­ters and doc­u­men­ta­tion”.

The apart­ments’ neigh­bours feared any re­zon­ing would set a prece­dent for other sites across Cottes­loe.

“I un­der­stand and agree with them that spot zon­ings shouldn’t be in res­i­den­tial streets, but this is right next to a train sta­tion,” Mr Baver­stock said.

The lat­est de­sign for the apart­ments near Swan­bourne train sta­tion.

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