The pressures on Subiaco

Posted on June 25, 2012 by Western Suburbs Alliance [Updated December 2, 2012]

There are major planning and development issues in Subiaco. The WA planning policy, Directions 2031, sets an infill target of an extra 3,600 dwellings for an already densely populated area. Developers are also seeking to provide many more commercial buildings

The State Government agencies, such as the Development Assessment Panels (DAPs), State Administrative Tribunal (SAT), and Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA/SRA) are privileging developers who show no consideration for Subiaco’s character, culture and history. Developers are going directly to these government agencies in order to contravene Subiaco’s Town Planning Scheme 4. They publicly admit that they prefer to do this in order to get approval for developments that in many cases will ruin the quality of life for residents and certainly lower residential property values.  Continue reading

Perth waterfront project misses the mark.

Dr Linley Lutton

Posted December 1, 2012 by Western Suburbs Alliance

Regardless of all the hype in the media about the Perth waterfront project there is a very high probability that the project will stall before it gets started leaving Perth with a ruined foreshore and a huge scandal to investigate.

There are two fundamental problems giving rise to this likelihood. Firstly, the project was conceived with a ‘Walter Mitty’ mindset with little or no focus on reality, specifically the critical commercial factors. Secondly, the global financial crisis is about to get a lot worse for a very long time as China realises its vulnerabilities and big-scale speculative property developments in Perth will find funding almost impossible to secure. The Barnett Government has a real dilemma on its hands which it should already realise – how to pull out gracefully before things get a whole lot worse. Continue reading

What makes Cottesloe so special?

Posted June 24, 2012 by Western Suburbs Alliance [updated December 1, 2012]

Cottesloe has a unique ‘sense of place’ that both residents and visitors relate to. It has developed from a village landscape with strong connections to its natural coastal environment. The casual relaxed style contrasts with the conventional enclosed urban built form. Land and built form are predominantly horizontal and to a human scale. Cottesloe is a town of unusually high ‘walkability’ due to its high legibility, connectivity and permeability, variety of key destinations and safe streets. Interest is provided in its eclectic collection of building style and form, various activity nodes, mixed land use and constantly changing coastal landscape. The heritage-listed Cottesloe Hotel and iconic Ocean Beach Hotel are valued as an important part of the social fabric and provide facilities that are supported both locally and internationally.

The Cottesloe beachfront has a long tradition as a recreational destination. The two major activity nodes, the Cottesloe and North Cottesloe beaches, both embody a relaxed coastal character but each has distinct features. The Cottesloe beach precinct should provide a world-class model for future coastal development.

Cottesloe Foreshore Development

Posted on June 24, 2012 by Western Suburbs Alliance [updated December 1, 2012] 

Picture 3The West Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) and the State Government have given no serious thought to a proper planning process for the Cottesloe foreshore area. Ideas for developing the various beachfront sites have been strongly opposed by both residents and beach users from all parts of WA and overseas. The public has consistently and strongly expressed the view that they want the existing low rise Cottesloe panorama preserved, not the five to eight storey developments proposed by the Barnett government. Developments like the one proposed below would overwhelm and destroy Cottesloe’s valued coastal village character, something which makes it uniquely different from other Perth central coast visitor areas such as Leighton Beach, South Fremantle and Scarborough. Continue reading