Plans frus­trated

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

When we bought our house in 2010, we checked the res­i­den­tial zon­ing of the area as we wanted to live in a com­mu­nity of res­i­den­tial houses and not an area with apart­ments with high pop­u­la­tion den­sity.

We have been dis­mayed af­ter Baver­stock Devel­op­ment pur­chased two cot­tages next to my neigh­bour and ap­plied for a spot re­zon­ing.

Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti was re­cently quoted on ABC Ra­dio telling ci­ti­zens to check what is per­mis­si­ble to be built on their land and neigh­bour­ing land be­fore pur­chas­ing.

I did just this to en­sure my neigh­bour­hood was zoned res­i­den­tial.

Ms Saf­fi­oti re­cently started the ap­proval to re­zone the Baver­stock Devel­op­ment site from R20 res­i­den­tial to R60 mixed use against the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Cottes­loe Coun­cil.

It was also was con­trary to the Lo­cal Town Plan­ning Scheme.

How is this pos­si­ble in a demo­cratic so­ci­ety?

Ms Saf­fi­oti should be ashamed of her­self for lis­ten­ing to a devel­oper and not the res­i­dents who have lived there hap­pily for many years, se­cure in the knowl­edge, or so we thought, that they bought in to an R20 area.

Af­ter the hear­ing the Min­is­ter's con­fus­ing words on air, the ques­tion needs to be asked: is it too late to halt the re­zon­ing of the Baver­stock Devel­op­ment and keep the land res­i­den­tial R20, as in the sur­round­ing prop­er­ties and that that of the cur­rent town plan­ning scheme?

NI­COLA BUT­LER, Cottes­loe

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