Garage door to stay

This garage door does not comply with Town of Victoria Park's weatherboard precinct policy.
This garage door does not comply with Town of Victoria Park's weatherboard precinct policy.

AN East Victoria Park resident may be forced to permanently remove the roller door from her home’s carport because it does not comply with a Town of Victoria Park planning policy ” despite the fact it was installed more than a decade ago.

A report by a Town officer recommends that the door be removed because it was installed in contravention to the Sussex Street home’s inclusion in a ‘weatherboard precinct’ where closed garages are not allowed to face the primary street.

The report says garages in weatherboard precincts are permitted only if they are accessed from a right of way or located at the rear of a home with access from an internal driveway.

‘The roller door has enclosed the entire frontage of the (home) which is not in keeping with the generally open nature of the streetscape of this section of Sussex Street,’ the report said.

‘Open-style gates are considered to be the only acceptable form of enclosure to a carport.’

An unnamed man speaking on behalf of homeowner Patricia Perrett at last Tuesday’s briefing session said the door was on the carport when the circa 1927 brick and tile property was purchased by the current owner 12 years ago.

He said the door was not the only one its kind in the area, did not detract from the area as it was tidy and functional, and provided privacy and security which an open carport would not.

He appealed to the council to ‘look at common sense’. The matter will come before tonight’s council meeting.

The door came to the council’s notice when the homeowner applied to have another carport placed in front of the existing approved carport.

The report said while the owner had referred to other garages and carports in the East Victoria Park area, many were not within the weatherboard precinct.

Cr John Bissett asked if the rules could be bent and Mayor Trevor Vaughan said ‘I think we have to’, but the Town’s Built Life manager Robert Cruickshank said it was up to people to do their own due diligence when purchasing property.

Mr Cruickshank said he had recently noticed a carport in the area had a non-compliant roller door but didn’t think the council had to act immediately.

He also said he could think of a few exceptions where weatherboard precinct homes on a corner block with a large frontage had approval for roller doors to be installed facing a secondary street.

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