Mayor John Carey wrote to Housing Minister Colin Holt earlier this year to ask that he defer the East Street development until the Planning Minister had approved amendments to Vincent�s Town Planning Scheme, which would have prevented the development.
Mr Holt recently wrote back to the Mayor and said the Department intended to proceed with the �positive development�.
Richard Morup, the campaign co-ordinator for the Local Voices of Mt Hawthorn group (LVMH), said the the Department of Housing could self-approve a development in any WA council.
�It is a great concern for us,� Mr Morup said.
�Locals behind the LVMH campaign are not opposed to social housing at the site but multiple dwellings are not appropriate in the character residential core of Mt Hawthorn; only along main distributor roads.
�The Department is acting as a developer, putting commercial interests ahead of the needs of the community.�
Mr Carey said the group ran a campaign that he thought would succeed.
�It�s gravely disappointing for the community and extremely bad will by the State Government,� he said.
�The application is not fully compliant; it�s a furphy for them to say that.�