Planning game play claim

THINK a development application will not be treated favourably due to the factions on council? Why not postpone it and wait till the council make-up is more favourable?

This is the game Perth City Councillor Laurance Goodman suspects some applicants are playing.

An application to build a four-storey, nine-apartment building in East Perth was due to be heard at an October Perth City Council meeting.

Council staff recommended the application be refused because it did not comply with the City Planning Scheme’s plot ratio requirements and side setbacks posed a concern.

One complaint was received from a neighbouring owner who objected to having a four-storey high wall with no setbacks built next door to his property.

A fax was sent to council just prior to the meeting requesting the matter be “postponed” so the applicant could sort out the differences with the neighbour.

Mr Goodman said allowing the matter to be postponed allowed applicants to set council’s agenda.

“If we allow postponements we allow applicants to play a game based around council attendance,” he said.

Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass said he had no problems with people withdrawing items from the agenda.

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