Salter Point: New policy to save views of the Canning River

Photo: SaltersLanding.com.au
Photo: SaltersLanding.com.au

FUTURE housing works along the Salter Point peninsula will have to abide by new rules designed to limit obstruction of neighbours’ river views.

The City of South Perth has adopted Planning Policy P320, which provided guidance for new developments of more than the assigned height limit of 3m, 3.5m or 6.5m in Salter Point.

A number of submissions during the December consultation period showed concern about the definition of ‘significant obstruction’.

Clause 2.2(a) of the policy states a line of sight shall be established between the water of Canning River and an active habitable space, including a balcony or verandah.

At last Tuesday’s council meeting, Councillor Colin Cala suggested an amendment so line of sight wouldn’t only be assessed for properties directly next door.

“The reason for this amendment is due to the unique curved shape of the Salter Point peninsula with its staggered or stepped nature of the lots’ boundaries,” he said.

“To impose significantly lesser weight to the sight lines of these rear-side lots from the assessment of ‘significant obstruction’ of the Canning river views by a development application is to ignore the geometry of the Peninsula and Canning River”.