Bassendean councillor brands DAPs ‘rigged’ after approval given for units

Bassendean councillor brands DAPs ‘rigged’ after approval given for units

A BASSENDEAN councillor has called Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) “rigged” following the approval of 10 units in Bassendean this month.

The Metropolitan Central Joint DAP voted against the Town of Bassendean’s recommendation and passed the development application for Walter Road East.

The decision was passed 3-1, with Town of Bassendean councillor Paul Bridges voting against the proposal.

Cr Gerry Pule could not attend the meeting and replacement Cr Renee McLennan was also absent.

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Councillors did not endorse the officer’s recommendation to the DAP for the proposed 10 multiple dwellings to be approved because the Town was in the process of amending its Local Planning Scheme No.10 (LPS10) to prevent this type of development.

But according to a DAP agenda, the proposal met the provisions with minor discretion needed and satisfied the LPS10.

Cr Bridges said council representatives were always “outvoted” during DAP meetings.

“The DAPs are rigged with three technical representatives and two council representatives so they always have the numbers to outvote the will of the democratically elected councils,” he said.

“Hopefully this will be the last one we lose as the council has initiated a Local Planning Scheme amendment that will prevent the use of the loophole provided by the State Government in June 2010 .

“The panel determined that the amendment was not sufficiently advanced even though the only objection received during the public advertising period was from the proponents of this development.”

Cr Bridges said the proponents claimed the development would look the same as five, two-story townhouses but with double the number of front doors.

“This conveniently ignored that it would also double the onsite parking requirement,” he said.

The council will decide amendments to LPS10 at this month’s meeting.