Anger over site works

The property on Beenyup Road has attracted plenty of community interest since land clearing occurred at the site earlier this year.

On top of that, a fence was erected around the seven-hectare lot, pagodas began popping up, hundreds of bamboo plants and a mountain of sand arrived, and sea containers were also installed.

At the time, council had only given approval for the lot to be divided into three lots for residential purposes, forcing it to step in and halt work while retrospective planning applications were considered.

Plans submitted to council, and shown to nearby residents for public comment, reveal one of the lots will consist of a two-storey residence featuring 10 bedrooms.

Cockburn planning and development director Daniel Arndt said all issues identified in the submission process were forwarded to the applicant. The City is now awaiting a response, which will determine how it moves forward.

�The application is for a single residence, however the built-form is different from those normally determined by the City,� he said.

�The City is assessing what actions it will take in respect to a number of aspects, including the land clearing, that has occurred on the property.�

In a submission to council, the Banjup Residents� Group raised objections about the villa-style layout, its sheer size, the impact on amenity and on water resources.

Vice-president Ian Thurston said the group�s main concern was planning laws had been disregarded.

�It�s an environmentally sensitive area and that�s why people in Banjup are up in arms,� he said.

The land owner was sought for comment.