Shed application back with SAT

Town of Bassendean councillors debated the officer’s recommendation, which included SAT’s invitation to Council to reconsider its original decision made on March 26.

At the March meeting, Council refused to grant retrospective approval because the shed did not comply with Town regulation and a neighbourhood complaint.

Mayor John Gangell told the Eastern Reporter the matter would now be referred to SAT following the hung vote .

‘Originally Council received an application to construct a shed which did comply council’s regulation,’ Cr Gangell said.

‘When the shed was being constructed, council officers were informed that the structure was not compliant and a council officer went to the premises and deemed the construction was not compliant with what was submitted and they requested at that stage for the applicant to stop construction of the shed; however it was constructed at any case.

‘When it came to Council and Council subsequently resolved not to retrospectively approve the structure, then of course, like any planning matter the applicant had the right to appeal through SAT.’

Cr Gangell said a compromise put forward by SAT involved the resident putting vegetation to shield the height of the structure, a matter that was debated at last month’s meeting.

Councillors Anne Brinkworth, Jennie Carter and Mike Lewis voted against the SAT proposal while Councillors Gerry Pule, Kara Collins and Gangell voted for the proposal.

‘I had the casting vote on the issue and considering the Council had already resolved not to give retrospective approval on the structure and it was before the SAT I was not comfortable with overturning a previous council decision not to give retrospective approval,’ Cr Gangell said.

‘And considering it was also going through the SAT I did not think it was appropriate to use a casting vote in that way, even though I voted personally to allow the vegetation to cover the structure.’