LDPs turned down in Kwinana by councillors

THREE Local Development Plans (LDP) brought before the Kwinana Council proved unpopular with three councillors who voted against them on principle.

Crs Wendy Cooper, Dennis Wood and his sister Sherilyn Wood all voted against the LDPs because they oppose small blocks with 7.5m or 5m frontages.

“Lots are getting smaller and smaller, down to 5m frontages. I consider it just more money for the developer, blocks aren’t getting any cheaper,” he said.

“I think its been forced on the community by the government and prices have gone up and people can’t afford the size blocks they want,” Cr S Wood said.

Cr Feasey said councillors may be missing the point and he disagreed there was enough land for all.

“We need to put more people in a smaller space.”

Cr Cooper said she didn’t believe there would be privacy for people and higher density would increase the risk of social problems.

“It’s a government policy that has been foisted on us.”

Chief executive Joanne Abbiss said if council did not approve, then the proponent could appeal in the State Administrative Tribunal.

Councillors would have needed to have disagreed at a subdivisional stage as the LDP was a secondary document while the WA Planning Commission has already approved the subdivision.

LDPs were for The Village at Wellard’s Village Centre South; Lots 253-267 in Sunrise Estate, Wellard; and LDP 10 Honeywood Estate, Wandi.