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