No power to intervene: City

At last Tuesday’s council meeting, seven residents from streets surrounding Churchlands Senior High School quizzed the Council at length over a proposed new Year 7 building at the school.

The City confirmed that it was notified of the proposed building, to be constructed on the corner of Hale Road and Churchlands Avenue, on May 23 and had since contacted the Education Department’s architects, Bateman Architects, to raise concerns over the boundary setback, street setback and the removal of mature vegetation from the site.

But the City’s director of planning Ross Povey said the City had no power to force changes to the design.

‘The proposed works constitute public works by a public authority,’ he said.

‘Consequently they are exempt from requiring development approval by virtue of section 16 of the Metropolitan Regional Scheme.

‘The City has written to raise concerns via Bateman Architects acting on behalf of the Education Department, as well as writing to the minister relating to side boundary setback, street setback and removal of mature vegetation.

‘Though the City’s comments were acknowledged, no further plans addressing the City’s concerns have been received.’

The department’s acting executive director of infrastructure Milan Trifunovic said they had not received correspondence from the City of Stirling regarding concerns with the project.

He said he was aware of concerns held by local residents.

‘Assurances will be made about the impact of the new development on their properties,’ he said.

‘The department and the architect have worked together to minimise the impact on neighbouring properties while also meeting the needs of this growing school.’