THE City of Swan has defied a strong recommendation from Perth Airport against changing the density of a housing development in Guildford.
Developers of Rosehill Waters Estate, which is under a direct flight path to Perth Airport, will now be able to build homes under 500 square metres.
While the majority of council supported the amendment, Councillor Claire Scanlan, who lives under a flight-path in Guildford, strongly objected to the change, saying that families would not be able to have a conversation outside during peak airport operating hours.
However Councillor Peter Lyndon-James made the point that he was not aware he was living under a flight-path when he moved into a High Wycombe property, but after several weeks the noise of the passing aircraft had faded and no longer concerned him.
Earlier, Rosehill Waters Estate owner Peter Burke had made the point during public statement time that at every stage of purchase, potential owners were made aware they were living under a flight path.
He also said that in 2017, no complaints had been registerd Airservices Australia from Rosehill Estate or South Guildford.
He told Echo News council’s decision was based on sound planning and would make the estate more accessible for first home buyers.
“The median price of house and land in Rosehill Estate is $616,000 and this change will allow us to build smaller family homes that are in reach of the first homebuyer and it will allow us to build that community,” he said.
“The only real objection to this was from Perth Airport.
“In a smaller development of 30 or 40 lots I can see why those restrictions might be in place, but we’re talking 450 to 500 lots.
“This simply supported proper planning.”
The City’s recommendation will now be considered by the Minister for Planning before the decision is made on final endorsement of the proposed amendment.
By Liam Ducey