Perth neighbours in row over alleyway fence

Perth neighbours in row over alleyway fence

A WALL in Perth has divided neighbours in more ways than one.

Perth resident Barbara Abbott expressed disbelief that the City of Vincent had retrospectively approved a 2.3m fence standing 1.4m from her home.

“It’s a very old house and it has only three windows on that side – there is just a narrow little alleyway (between her house and the fence). The fence drops down to 1.8m further down but there are no windows there,” she said.

Ms Abbott said City staff measured the height of the fence based on the floor level of her home.

“The argument is that it’s necessary for privacy but if you have a look at it it’s quite a bit higher than it needs to be for privacy,” she said.

Ms Abbott said former Vincent Mayor John Carey had been supportive and expressed surprise that the City’s planning officers retrospectively approved the fence.

“I think there is an issue here that many property owners would be interested in,” Ms Abbott said.

“The City’s decision is based on the floor height of one property.

“This is an interesting precedent for anyone wanting to build a massive fence in City of Vincent. Older homes are particularly vulnerable because of the way they were built.”

The City of Vincent did not respond to questions before deadline.

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