SAT settles Bassendean resident’s right-of-way row with council

Who's in the right? The SAT has ruled in favour of a compromise for Bassendean resident Balraj Hansra regarding a council requirement that he build a right-of-way on his property.
Who's in the right? The SAT has ruled in favour of a compromise for Bassendean resident Balraj Hansra regarding a council requirement that he build a right-of-way on his property.

BASSENDEAN resident Balraj Hansra and his family can move into their new home on Broadway after a five-month delay due to a council right of way issue.

Mr Hansra recently attended a mediation session with the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) that requested the council reconsider its previous decision to deny his request in April to construct only part of a right-of-way laneway on his property rather than the whole street.

It was a condition Mr Hansra said he did not fully understand when getting development approval in 2014.

“During mediation, SAT member Christian Jordan expressed there was scope to compromise on the councillors’ stance and to deliver a more fair and reasonable outcome,” Mr Hansra said.

“At no other council do they ask rate payers to build and construct a laneway from the nearest constructed street to their property.”

Council voted at the July meeting to allow Mr Hansra to seal, drain and curb only the portion of the laneway outside the front of his property due to there being no definitive right of way policy for Bassendean.

The laneway has cost $10,309.

Planning services manager Brian Reed said council staff would develop a Right of Way policy in the coming year.