Disquiet over lines

Mirvac wants to increase residential density at The Peninsula to the maximum allowable, plus add 170sq m of ground floor office space to its proposal for a 23-storey tower on the 3930sqm lot.

The change represents an increase to 176 from the 106 home units approved by the council in February 2011.

The extra units will not exceed the 1250 dwellings allowed at the partially-developed Burswood Lakes estate, which has 26 super lots ” many with high-rise ” but the office use is a new proposal.

These proposals are subject to the council’s approval of the WA Planning Commission-sanctioned Burswood Lakes Structure Plan, while the Metropolitan Central Joint Development Assessment Panel can only grant planning approval for the changes.

At last week’s elected members’ briefing session, Cr Keith Hayes took exception to not being notified by council officers of the application for planning approval, which the council has no jurisdiction over, and the variation to the structure plan recommended for approval by council officers at tonight’s meeting.

‘I received phone calls asking about the structure plan changes, but we (councillors) were not made aware of the structure plan proposal, just the planning approval,’ Cr Hayes said. ‘Is it going to be the practice of this council to not communicate with elected members?’

The Town’s executive manager of Built Life, Robert Cruikshank, said he could not explain why the proposed structure plan changes were not communicated to councillors.

CEO Arthur Kyron said if there had been confusion, there needed to be a review of what had happened to safeguard future deliberations.

Burswood Lake resident Neil Kidd, a member of the packed gallery, was also critical of the council’s handling of the issue.

He said he failed to see how council could consider the structure plan and the planning application separately.