Call to relax the rules on demolition
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.