Call to re­lax the rules on de­mo­li­tion

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Front Page - Jes­sica War­riner

CITY of Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks be­lieves res­i­dents should have the right to de­mol­ish homes with­out ap­proval and most WALGA del­e­gates agreed at last week’s WALGA AGM.

Su­bi­aco Mayor Penny Tay­lor moved a mo­tion urg­ing WALGA to ad­vo­cate on be­half of coun­cils.

“Many lo­cal gov­ern­ments have ex­pe­ri­enced neg­a­tive im­pacts since the State Govern­ment reg­u­la­tions changed in 2015, al­low­ing sin­gle houses to be de­mol­ished with­out the need for ap­proval,” she said.

“The idea is to avoid his­toric and char­ac­ter houses be­ing de­mol­ished with­out a plan for re­de­vel­op­ment and to en­sure lots do not sit va­cant on char­ac­ter streetscapes for an ex­tended pe­riod of time.”

But Mr Marks said peo­ple had the right to de­mol­ish.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate what Su­bi­aco has to say; how­ever, we have a lot of old houses that def­i­nitely need de­mol­ish­ing. I wouldn’t like to think that we put this sort of re­stric­tion on it,” he said.

Albany Mayor Den­nis Welling­ton called the mo­tion “an ab­so­lute load of rub­bish”.

Clare­mont Cr Paul Kelly said he sym­pa­thised with the mo­tion’s in­tent but the word­ing went be­yond her­itage houses.

“You run the risk of peo­ple not ap­ply­ing for de­mo­li­tion for houses that prob­a­bly should be de­mol­ished,” he said.

The mo­tion was lost 95127.

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