Cottesloe Residents & Ratepayers Association

Local projects we are watching.

1. Car Park 2 Development
2. Cottesloe Village Structure Plan
3. Council Budget
4. Foreshore Precinct Development Plan
5. Foreshore Toilet Block
6. Harvey Field / Oval / Anderson Pavilion
7. Indiana Tea House
8. North Street Store
9. Skatepark
10. Victoria Street Level Crossing
11. 120 Marine Parade & Other Marine Parade Developments*

120 Marine Parade*

Cott R&R made a stand on the 120 Marine Parade Development.

On behalf of Cottesloe residents we were very active in objecting to the 9-storey development application for 120 Marine Parade that avoided the Cottesloe Town Planning process and allowed to go straight to the Western Australia Planning Commission - taking advantage of the the special 'temporary' Covid fast-track approval system.

If you go to this link, you will be able to review in detail all our associated documents. The 5 August 2021 decision-making meeting Agenda and the Approval Notice are also at the link.

It was through our efforts that halfway through the first public consultation period, the missing Appendicies were made publicly available on the Department of Plannng Consultation page for the application. In addition, when asking at that time about the Schedule of Works and Finances for the proposal, we were advised that they were commercially confidential. We were also not provided with the referenced 'Public Consultation Strategy'.

A key element of objection in our 9-page submission was that the Cottesloe Beach Precinct listed Heritage Site, had not been referenced at all in the Application and that this element of the 'Cottesloe Character' would be impacted severely.

We drew up our own over-shadowing demonstration diagrams for the full year and which we included in our objection submission. They showed with more clarity than the information that the Application had provided, the severe widespread East and West shadow effects of the proposed building, on the beach/coastal Heritage Site and neighbouring properties.

There were 960 public objections to the proposal. As a result, the Applicant was given the opportunity to make adjustments and re-apply. This resulted in an 8-storey proposal. This triggered a second round of public consultation to which we again presented a detailed list of our objection points.

Once again this failed to get approval but sadly, for a third time, the WA Government allowed yet another revision of the application plans. As this revision reduced the proposal down to 7 storeys, the project was finally approved without further public consultation.

This is very frustrating for our Local Planning Scheme to have been overridden. Though slightly above our local height limits, it is two storeys above our LPS3 five storey limit. This will result in a dense appearance residential block and in our opinion, not of a design suited to this coastal strip as you can see demonstrated in the Agenda Papers.

Because we had made such a comprehensive objection, we were invited to be present at the hearing. We were pleased to be able to represent our community.

If you review the WAPC 5 August 2021 Agenda link (above), you can see the six minutes' worth that were presented by Greg Boland and Stephen Mellor at the decision meeting.