Stirling Council refuses plan for homes on Carine public open space

The mature trees where the development proposed at the southern end of Arbuckle Reserve. Photo: Matt Jelonek
The mature trees where the development proposed at the southern end of Arbuckle Reserve. Photo: Matt Jelonek

A PLAN to build homes on public open space in Carine has been knocked back.

Stirling Council refused landowner Civil Technology’s application at the August 7 meeting for three homes on the site, abutting Arbuckle Reserve.

The land is privately owned but reserved for public open space.

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A report by the City of Stirling said it received 61 submissions, with 3.3 per cent in support of the proposed development, and one petition of objection with 64 signatures during public consultation.

The report recommended refusal because the site was incompatible with planning policies, held mature trees and vegetation, which provided habitat to local fauna including Carnaby’s black cockatoos, and made a valuable contribution to public open space in the area.

The applicant argued there would be no loss of public benefit or amenity because the area was privately owned and only reserved for recreation but admitted it would result in clearing of native vegetation.