THE redevelopment of the South Perth Station Precinct is in full flight. It is very exciting to see the commercial area being revitalised for the future.
But with the present situation of no control or guidelines over the extent of development in the area and with the frenzy that developers have been in to grab land and rush through applications with Joint Development Assessment Panel working to assist them, there has been no regard for the big picture.
The big picture is not, as these developers believe, the bigger the building the better.
The fact is there can be no developer contribution set for sewerage, water, electric and roads as there is no way to calculate the limit and costs and therefore developer contributions cannot be assessed.
At present, it literally is the sky is the limit with no requirement to provide for the future.
Do the ratepayers of South Perth realise that without some control they will be paying for the upgrade of the services?
No one knows how much this will cost as there is no formula from which to work.
For the same reasons, there can be no traffic planning. How can council predict traffic quantities when there is nothing to limit the amount of construction, which determines the number of cars allowed?
South Perth council has tabled an amendment to its Town Planning Scheme to the State Planning Department to bring some sanity into the camp.
This amendment should be acknowledged in present and future planning applications but it is totally ignored.
The council worked diligently to structure these guidelines and controls so it can get some order, only to be thwarted by assessment panels at every meeting. We must demand that the council’s amendment is passed as quickly as possible so we can start to bring this madness under control.
We, the residents of South Perth, have addressed what we were directed to do to secure a rail station, which we have now been advised is years away from happening.
We were sold new development at medium density, not the madness that is happening.
It really makes you wonder what is going on behind the scenes and who is pulling strings.
It has taken two citizens to go to the Supreme Court to expose a wrong decision made by an assessment panel and try to bring in some control and guidance to the badly drafted planning laws
The present Amendment 46 prepared and fully supported by South Perth council is before the Minister for Planning, Donna Faragher.
It must be dealt with as a priority.
MARGOT BLAKELY, South Perth.