By Claire Ottaviano
A MOTION to amend an approval for modifications to a Guildford home was deferred by City of Swan Council this month to give neighbours and the landowner more time to work out their grievances.
Cr Bryce Parry moved a motion to defer the item to give councillors a chance to meet with the affected parties and the landowners to resolve issues raised and to request a response from the Guildford Association and the Guildford Historical Society.
The application includes modifications to a previous approval for alterations and additions to the James Street home as well as its part demolition.
Proposed modifications include replacing an approved verandah with a new verandah, with balcony, and a french door to replace a previously approved dormer window to provide access from a converted loft – some works of which the Council report notes have already started.
At the June Council forum, four neighbours spoke and three wrote deputations against staff’s recommendation to approve amendments to the development application.
Homeowner Dan Richardson, husband to Cr Tanya Richardson, spoke in support of the recommendation.
Objectors cited issues with privacy and concerns the balcony and other additions were not in keeping with the aesthetics of the streetscape or Guildford Heritage Policy.
Crs Kevin Bailey, Mel Congerton, Rod Henderson, Patty Jones, David Lucas, Cate McCullough, John McNamara, Bryce Parry and Charlie Zannino supported the deferral.
Crs Jennifer Catalano, Ian Johnson, Andrew Kiely, Rashelle Predovnik and Claire Scanlan were against.