A JANDABUP couple have won council support to continue storing hundreds of caravans, boats, trailers and other vehicles on their rural property.
Monty Shipman and Carol Swailes have been providing parking space for up to 120 vehicles on their 4ha Rousset Road property for more than five years without valid development approval.
As reported by the Times last year, the City of Wanneroo had ordered them to stop doing so and have all the vehicles removed because the ‘storage yard’ use was not permitted in the rural zone.
After a public appeal from the vehicle owners, many of whom said they had no space to park them at their own suburban properties, Burgess Design Group applied to the City to allow the storage yard as an additional use.
A staff recommendation to refuse it lapsed for want of a mover at the February 5 council meeting, and Mayor Tracey Roberts moved an alternative to adopt the District Planning Scheme amendment.
Mrs Roberts included a condition that the storage yard use would expire within three years of the site being gazetted ‘urban’ under the Metropolitan Region Scheme.
Burgess Design Group associate director Mark Szabo said his clients had been operating the service for more than five years without any issues from immediate neighbours.
“It’s providing an affordable place that residents can park their caravans,” he said.
Mr Szabo said they no longer had a water licence for the property, which used to be a plant nursery, so could not use it for agriculture.
Mrs Roberts said she understood why the facility was created to meet demand within the wider community.
“It’s affordable and residents know that their asset is in a safe environment and well kept environment,” she said.
Councillor Dot Newton said smaller lot sizes made it difficult for people to store caravans and trucks at their suburban homes and several councillors said it made “common sense” to approve the use.
The change will need approval from the WA Planning Commission and Environmental Protection Authority before it goes out for public consultation for 60 days.
The council report said the proposal anticipated storing a maximum of 400 vehicles on the site at any given time.