Ethereal scheme foils high rise

A PROPOSAL to develop an 11 storey, 11 apartment building at 6-8 Mounts Bay Road in Crawley has been refused by council.

Council staff had recommended the $6 million development be approved because it complied with council’s City Planning Scheme.

However, Councillor Tess Stroud moved refusal because the proposal was not “consistent with council objectives for future development in Crawley as defined in the draft City Planning Scheme number two”.

Mrs Stroud said council had a moral obligation to stick by its 1997 decision to adopt CPS2.

However, council has a legal obligation to base its planning approvals on CPS1. The draft CPS2 will not be ready for gazettal until at least April.

Despite the refusal, the applicant can appeal to either Minister for Planning Graham Kierath or the Town Planning Tribunal.

Because council refused the application even though it complies with planning regulations, there is a good chance an appeal will be upheld.

The proposed development has drawn a lot of criticism from neighbouring residents who want the developer to stick to the height and plot ratio limits set down in CPS2.

Councillor Janet Davidson said council was likely to be flooded with applications for high rise developments complying with CPS1 in Crawley as CPS2 came closer to becoming a reality.

However, council has a legal obligation to give CPS2 more consideration in planning decisions as it comes closer to gazettal.

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