Rap over long coun­cil de­lays

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Jon Bas­sett

AWARD-WIN­NING ar­chi­tect Garry Baver­stock says any­one with orig­i­nal ideas should stay away from Cottesloe coun­cil af­ter his two-and-a-half year fight for eco-friendly apart­ments neared its end last week.

Mr Baver­stock launched the broad­side at the coun­cil af­ter it ap­proved his plan for the apart­ments near Swan­bourne train sta­tion, say­ing peo­ple should not pitch ideas to the coun­cil.

“Don’t do it, as you may age to 70 be­cause it would take that long,” he said.

He said the apart­ments’ trust of 13 res­i­dents had lost about $1 mil­lion be­cause of the de­lay, which re­sulted in a 2016 de­sign for 13 units up to three storeys for down­siz­ing older peo­ple be­ing re­duced by one floor, four apart­ments and seven car bays.

The de­sign was backed by aca­demics, in­clud­ing Curtin Univer­sity pro­fes­sor of sus­tain­abil­ity Peter Newman, be­cause of its en­vi­ron­men­tal sys­tems, close­ness to pub­lic trans­port and con­form­ity with State plan­ning poli­cies.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing, as we’ve lost the sus­tain­abil­ity bonus in this lengthy process,” Mr Baver­stock said.

Res­i­dents ob­jected to ini­tial plans, fear­ful the site’s rezoning to R60 threat­ened their precinct known as Clare­mont Hill.

But Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti ap­proved an amend­ment to Cottesloe’s plan­ning scheme for the pro­posal ear­lier this year.

The coun­cil was left to de­cide on a lo­cal de­vel­op­ment plan for the site, be­fore re­duced de­sign was ad­ver­tised for pub­lic com­ment un­til Au­gust 10.

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