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The Cottesloe beachfront may have a very different look under new planning regulations approved by the state government today.

Eight-storey reality for Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe’s town planning scheme has been finalised to allow up to eight-storey buildings along the beachfront, but the government says the new regulations do not allow for high-rise development.

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Finally someone has had the intestinal fortitude to make a decision on this issue which has been the subject of debate for as long as I can remeber and at least as far back as the 1970s. There are some rather sad parts in all our beachfront suburbs and Cottesloe is one of them with a lot of it needing redevelopment. Eight floors is hardly high rise development and the State Coastal Planning Policy allows for 5 floors on the beachfront and upto 8 floors where there is public support withing 300 meters of the waterfront. This applies to regional areas as well. Hopefully this decision will be the forunner to some long overdue bechfront development. Not everybody will be happy with the decision but at least now there is something to work with.Well done.

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In exhaustive consultations, residents overwhelmingly requested a height limit of 3 storeys - not the 5 decided. This planning decision further reveals that the Barnett government puts the profits of developers ahead of the wishes of the community. They came for Cottesloe today – it will be another local community tomorrow. As Greens (WA) MLC Robin Chapple said, ‘This announcement … effectively emasculates local government with respect to planning. It also shows the inherent bias of the Development Assessment Panels’, which have fewer representatives from the local community than other stakeholders.

What the residents of cottesloe need to realise is that Cottesloe beach and it's surrounding amenity isn't for their exclusive use and their views shouldn't be the only views taken into consideration in planning decisions. It is a public beach and a popular tourist precinct, attacting local, interstate and international visitors. As such, planning decisions should be made that are in the interests of the whole population of Perth, not just the Cottesloe residents and the vested interests of it's local council.

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