Big plans get cut down to size

The Banjup lot at the centre of the council’s inquiries.
The Banjup lot at the centre of the council’s inquiries.

Social media and community chatter went into overdrive in February when about eight pagodas popped up on a seven hectare lot on Beenyup Road.

Talk was further fuelled by a fancy fence erected around the lot, serious land clearing, the arrival of hundreds of bamboo plants and a mountain of sand, and the installation of sea containers.

The City of Cockburn was forced to step in because approval for the pagodas and other work had not been granted.

It had only approved for the lot to be subdivided into three lots for residential purposes.

After weeks of speculation over what exactly was being built there, a representative for the Chinese-based owner told the Gazette they were planning a small house.

�We were thinking something big,� he said.

�But council didn�t approve.�

The spokesman said the family and builder had been forced to reconsider their plans.

�It will be a small house for the family,� he said.

A spokesman for the City said the land owner and builder were co-operating, halting work while it considered a number of retrospective planning applications.

But a spokesman for the Banjup Residents Group said the community was unimpressed so much work, particularly the land clearing, was undertaken before the City stepped in.

He said the City had enforced regulations to the letter when dealing with other local residents.

�Banjup residents seek a level playing field where the same rules apply to everyone,� he said.