Plans ‘have no downsize options’

Cambridge councillors.
Cambridge councillors.

The Town of Cambridge�s proposed new housing options would allow a corner lot with two dwellings, a corner lot with three dwellings, manor house apartments that could include up to four apartments and Cambridge Street apartments that could include up to four apartments and up to two storeys.

Mrs Hollins said that despite the push against the Town Planning Scheme amendment by a group of residents, she had spoken to dozens of her neighbours who supported the changes.

�It�s about being inclusive, not exclusive,� she said. �With a variety of options, we can all look forward to staying in a suburb that we all love for as long as we want to.�

City Beach resident Keri Shannon said the Town of Cambridge failed to consult with the community on the amendment.

�We think that it�s bad infill and bad density it�s definitely higher density than it is now,� Ms Shannon said.

�It will mean more traffic on the roads and people will be parking on the street, like in Subiaco.

�It�s a safety issue for kids walking to school too.�

Mayor Simon Withers said he assumed the housing options would be used for new developments but if an existing house had compliant setbacks, it could be adapted for use.

�I don�t think it�s been an unreasonable process,� Mr Withers said.

�We have allocated more than a month to analyse the results of the survey.

�It will be discussed at the June council meeting and we will make a recommendation.Then it will go to the WA Planning Commission and then the Minister for Planning.�

WA Property Council executive director Joe Lenzo said the community should not be misled into thinking Cambridge was proposing to turn their suburbs into the Gold Coast.

�What is being proposed is gentle density that encourages more housing diversity like a pair of new dwellings on large corner blocks,� he said. �The alternative is forcing groups like older households to move out of their neighbourhoods when they are looking for smaller places to live locally.�