THE City of Stirling has supported the need for third party appeal rights on planning issues to give affected community members more say on developments.
Councillors voted to give in-principle support for third party appeal rights at last week’s council meeting, which would give people a chance to appeal a decision on a development application.
In December 2016, the WA Local Government Association State Council requested a review of WALGA’s policy position on third party appeal rights and called on local governments to make submissions.
The City’s planning and development committee formed the opinion there was a concern the views of communities affected by development proposals were not being “adequately considered” as part of the current planning system.
“The introduction of third party appeal rights could facilitate improved community engagement in the WA planning process,” the report said.
Council also requested that WALGA investigate how third party appeals could be implemented in WA and undertake a detailed analysis and “holistic” review of similar planning systems.
Scarborough resident Simon Wheeler, who has been fighting a controversial Ozone Parade development, said the current system was often manipulated by developers.
“The original approved development at Ozone Parade bears little resemblance, visually, and in terms of amenity and compliance to its final built form,” he said in a deputation to the City’s planning committee.
“An outwardly legal planning process has delivered something entirely different from that which was initially approved.”
Mr Wheeler said the City’s comments to WALGA were comprehensive and well balanced.
WA is the only state not to allow third party appeals, except in one or two local planning schemes.