Points clarified

I WOULD like to offer some clarity to the article in last week’s edition headlined ‘Fence divides residents ” anger at Seascapes proposal’.

I have in no way objected to the construction of a 1.8m Colorbond fence on a .65m retaining wall on my boundary with Seascapes.

I have also accepted that a one or two-storey house would be built at the new ground level of .65m. I verified this with the City of Mandurah when I first saw the Development Application Plan in December 2012.

What I have objected to, which wasn’t made clear in the newspaper article, is the additional 2.2m retaining wall to be built four metres away from the boundaries of the five affected houses.

This is in addition to the new .65m level at the boundary making a total height of 2.85m. On top of this retaining wall will be another 1.8m fence.

Potential two-storey buildings with 6m walls plus a 3m pitch would add up to an 11.85m structure above the original natural level, and could be only 4.5m away from the boundary.

From an open outlook, we will be looking at a prison wall.

The raised pads have been approved but at no time were existing residents able to comment as the retaining walls were not included in the application plan.

I thought existing residents would be covered in the City of Mandurah Local Planning Policy No 12 ” Part A ” Development Height Policy – sections 3 and 4.

Basically, I hope the consultation process between council and residents can be improved so that residents and developers alike can be treated equally and with transparency. Unlike Seascape residents, it has been difficult for Falcon residents to communicate with Mirvac over the years.

GLENN WINCHESTER, Falcon