State Government approves controversial rezoning proposal in Cottesloe

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THE State Government has approved a controversial spot rezoning for retiree apartments on the Cottesloe side of Swanbourne train station.

Swanbourne architect Gary Baverstock sparked some outrage when he applied to rezone two blocks at the corner of Railway Street and Congdon Street from R20 to R65 for 11 apartments in a three-storey cluster of dwellings on the sloping blocks.

A special council meeting was required last September, when councillors were split about reversing their April decision to advertise the change.

Mr Baverstock’s application subsequently went to the WAPC where it stayed during the State Election.

“The Town has received correspondence from the WA Planning Commission which states that the Minister for Planning has approved the amendment subject to modifications,” Cottesloe chief executive Mat Humfrey told the Western Suburbs Weekly yesterday.

Mr Humfrey said WAPC advice said the modifications were “not substantial”, it did not need further advertising, and a report on its decision would go to the council in June.

Mr Baverstock was delighted with the news.

“It’s gone through, and I’m very happy about it a day before my birthday,” Mr Baverstock said.

Asked when he would start construction, he said he would have to consider “technical matters and documentation”, but work on the building’s design had not stopped to make it a development which fitted into the community.

The apartments’ neighbours will be many of those who feared a rezoning would set a precedent for other sites across Cottesloe.

“I understand, and agree with them that spot zonings shouldn’t be in residential streets, but this is right next to a train station,” Mr Baverstock said.