Locals oppose big units in Alfred Cove

Alfred Cove locals are calling for a special electors’ meeting to oppose a mammoth 87-unit development planned for Kitchener Road.

The four-storey project on the old Striker Pavilion site attracted criticism from nearby neighbours when it was proposed earlier this year.

Now a slightly rejigged plan has been submitted but the concerns remain for locals like Marina Hansen, a member of the newly formed Strike A Balance community group.

Ms Hansen says locals are not opposed to development: Two-storey townhouses are welcome (like those in council documents promoting the area’s more generous development zoning) but this is too big.

“The height and the plot ratio are grossly over guidelines,” Ms Hansen says, referring to the usual 9m allowed by the council policy (this one clocks in at 13.75m).

Homeowners on Mullings Way are worried they’ll lose sunlight and privacy, and traffic generated from the 140 on-site car bays is also a sticking point.

It took just 45 minutes for Strike A Balance to gather the 100 signatures needed to call a special electors’ meeting.

When they handed the petition to the council on Tuesday it had 143 signatures. As of going to print they had yet to hear back from the council.

The final decision on whether the project goes ahead is not in the elected council’s hands: It only gets to make a recommendation.

The Melville development assessments panel—three members were appointed by the Barnett government and the other two are local councillors—makes the decision.

by DAVID BELL

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