Town stands up against high rise

After rejecting the application for three multiple dwellings at 11B Fifth Avenue in Bassendean in September 2014, councillors were urged by the SAT to reconsider the proposal.

Councillor Paul Bridges, who moved the motion at the meeting to refuse the application again because of compliance issues, told Eastern Reporter councillors had taken a stand.

�This proposed development is the antithesis of what the Town intended for the block�s R-Code and all the residents around this block have been up in arms,� he said.

Despite R-Codes requiring a visitor parking bay to be visible from the entry point, the plans had it at the rear of the property. Cr Bridges also said the developer�s solution to limited manoeuvring space in the parking area and driveway was to install a turntable, which would be a first for Bassendean.

�There was no guarantee that it would receive regular maintenance work,� he said.

Cr Bridges moved to refuse the application based on several non-compliances including a lack of pedestrian path and wheelchair access, parking and vehicle access. The motion was passed unanimously.

A resident gave a deputation ahead of the meeting, calling for councillors to refuse the application. The resident, who lives near the property, also expressed concerns about the turntable.

The council has had to reluctantly pass several applications this year for multiple dwelling developments, with Mayor John Gangell repeating that refusing them without planning non-compliance grounds would be costly.

Councillor Anne Brinkworth, who is staunchly against the number of developments being applied for, said this year she would go to jail before voting anymore through.