Kingston Council deputy mayor wants developers to pay for the cost of policing green commitments

Kingston Council deputy mayor wants developers to pay for the cost of policing green commitments

Interesting report which highlights what most people in our related industries have been noticing for quite some time now - significant trees being removed as part of local redevelopments, with no penalty.

“There seems to be an attitude among … investors rather than owner occupiers — that all landscaping on a block is an inconvenience and obstacle to be disposed of as quickly as possible after purchase,” James Ackroyd said.

He said that attitude indicated little willingness to interact positively with neighbourhoods and showed no regard for established landscape or local environmental conditions.

But Deputy Mayor Rosemary West conceded the council’s hands were tied.

Despite Kingston’s policy of requiring landscape plans when it granted planning permits, she said the council “doesn’t have the resources to check every block”.

Herald Sun Article

 

Report by 

Emma Watson, Moorabbin Glen Eira Leader

November 1, 2017 12:15pm