Historic letter

THE Mount Lawley Society has delivered a letter to planning minister Rita Saffioti imploring her to preserve the character of Beaufort Street.

Stirling council created a local development plan for the street, following a consultation process so thorough and collaborative it won an award from the Planning Institute of Australia.

• Mount Lawley Society members Paul Collins and Terry Tyzack meet with Maylands MP Lisa Baker and Mount Lawley MP Simon Millman. Photo supplied

Character

But before the plan was signed off by the planning minister’s office, key parts were changed by the WA Planning Commission, including rules that developments had to be done in an architectural style sympathetic to the street.

The society was also concerned the WAPC inserted a clause that all new developments on the three kilometre stretc, from Walcott to Salisbury Street be a minimum of two storeys.

Friday’s letter asked Ms Safiotti to revert to the original plan, which has support from Maylands Labor MP Lisa Baker and Mt Lawley Labor MP Simon Millman.

“I’m eager to see the heritage and architectural character of our local area protected. I look forward to working with the minister so that we can arrive at an outcome the community is happy with,” said Mr Millman.

Society president Paul Collins says it was bizarre that the WAPC had sponsored the award Stirling won for the consultation that led to the plan’s creation.

“We hope Mr Millman and Ms Baker succeed in convincing the panning minister that we as community members know what is best for our community rather than letting the minister affirm the governing of our communities by bureaucratic elites.”

by DAVID BELL

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