Couple granted late approval


Legends Lodge, Pickering Brook.
Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d450600
Legends Lodge, Pickering Brook. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d450600

Cr John Giardina said the application was for a couple and their family.

“They are 35 people when they come together; they go horse-riding together,” he said.

He said the couple were a former councillor in Kalamunda and a local builder.

But Cr Michael Fernie said he had been on the Facebook page and the website for the business which was operating from the site, called Legends Lodge.

“The owners of the property have already been advertising a business online at Legend’s Lodge,” Cr Fernie said.

Located in a rural agriculture zone area the new business sought permission for agistment for 10 horses on the 5.9ha property.

Cr Fernie said a builder and a councillor know the rules and regulations so why did they not seek permission in the first place?

“To go out and do it and then seek approval later is not really acceptable,” Cr Fernie said.

The local government provisions are for one horse per hectare for agistment purposes, said Planning Officer Warwick Carter.

“While there is provision for more horses it depends whether or not they impact on the water catchment table there,” Mr Carter said.

Town planners for the shire said the four chalets were approximately 100m from the nearest adjoining rural property and 315m from Pickering Brook Road.

A report from a town planner said the structures themselves were considered to be well designed and sympathetic in the rural landscape.

He said there was no objection raised to the design of the buildings from a council.

Town planners also noted that there were several other buildings on the site, but given the age of the buildings and that they were constructed under previous town planning schemes, the current application only incorporated the chalets, stables and other outbuildings mentioned.

Two neighbours opposed the application, including Peter Arasi who spoke on behalf of his mother, a neighbour to the property, and Rob Hebden, who was unable to attend the meeting and asked Mr Arasi to read his report on his behalf and ask council a series of questions regarding the application.

Approval was granted 6-5 in the vote.

Councillors Michael Fernie, Brooke O’Donnell, Sara Lohmeyer, Tracy Destree and Andrew Waddell voted against.

The six councillors who supported the application were John Giardina, Geoff Stallard, Allan Morton, Noreen Townsend, Dylan O’Connor and Simon Di Rosso.

The owners of the property said they may continue with their business venture in the future but the plans had been shelved for the time being.