Tiny houses in fir­ing line

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

Res­i­dents con­cerned over the pro­posed Tiny Houses pi­lot pro­ject in East Bun­bury have hired lawyers, plan­ners and Perth prop­erty ad­vis­ers in their quest for an­swers.

A group of res­i­dents packed the Bun­bury City Coun­cil cham­ber on Tues­day night when leader Dar­ren Kenny put sev­eral ques­tions to coun­cil­lors.

Con­cerns sur­round­ing the $180,000 State Gov­ern­ment pro­ject es­ca­lated ear­lier this year when sev­eral res­i­dents told the South West­ern Times how they were afraid they would be liv­ing in fear if it went ahead.

The pro­ject will see a clus­ter of three “tiny houses” on Plaza Street.

Mr Kenny said res­i­dents were con­cerned the pro­posal would by­pass the coun­cil’s Town Plan­ning Scheme with the de­vel­op­ment not com­pli­ant with zon­ing.

“Ev­ery­one is sup­port­ive of the in­ten­tion of this pi­lot – these peo­ple need homes and this can as­sist in find­ing short term so­lu­tions,” Mr Kenny said.

“How­ever, the city can’t just break ev­ery rule – its own rules – in or­der to push things through.”

But Mayor Gary Bren­nan re­sponded that a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion had not yet been re­ceived by the coun­cil.

“Con­se­quently, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment as an as­sess­ing au­thor­ity is presently un­able to for­mally con­firm what land use any ul­ti­mate de­vel­op­ment pro­posal may fall within un­der the scheme or class of build­ing it may deem to be,” Mr Bren­nan said.

“Should it be the case that the pro­posal was for a group dwelling, then this land use class is a dis­cre­tionary use un­der the zon­ing ta­ble.

“The city will en­sure that due process will be fol­lowed in ac­cor­dance with the statu­tory pro­ce­dure.

“I re­alise the dif­fi­culty you all have and we have, we haven’t got an ap­pli­ca­tion in front of us so we can’t deal with it specif­i­cally at the mo­ment.

“But when we do get an ap­pli­ca­tion if we re­ceive one, that’s the process.”

While Bun­bury MLA Don Punch ini­tially an­nounced the pro­ject, it is be­ing man­aged by Ac­cordWest.

Ac­cordWest could not be con­tacted for a progress up­date yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

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