BASSENDEAN council has given in principle support to the introduction of third party appeal rights, in response to a Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) paper.
At the June 27 council meeting, the council passed a motion to provide input towards WALGA’s ‘Third Party Appeal Rights in Planning’ discussion paper, subject to certain considerations.
Council wanted WALGA to consider excluding vexatious or commercial interest appeals, degree of involvement (or exclusion) in the appeals by those who did not make submissions, exclude appeals where applications met ‘deemed-to-comply’ requirements and having a short window for appeals.
In December 2016, the WALGA State Council requested a review of WALGA’s policy position on third party appeal rights.
According to an officer’s report, while there have not been any controversial Development Assessment Panel (DAP) decisions that have affected the Town, there were many elsewhere in other local governments.
Bassendean resident Kathryn Hamilton said third party appeal rights would help satisfy the community’s desire to have a say in proposed developments.