Poor city planning

Article written for the POST Newspaper by Linley Lutton

Taking on the establishment in parochial Perth is never easy, however our city is deteriorating rapidly and something must be done.

High divorce rates; chronic drug and alcohol abuse; increasing levels of depression, anxiety and aggressive behaviour; and, little permanent cultural expression, are just some of the social indicators pointing to a city on the edge of serious failure.

The future looks bleak as many young people abandon Perth for cities like Melbourne.

Market forces and planning policies are cited as the primary drivers behind city development and after many decades of poor planning policy and opportunistic market manipulation Perth has become the most unsustainable capital in Australia.

Governments endlessly build roads and developers subdivide land for low-density housing while avoiding the harder task of making our city workable and liveable. 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