Com­plex res­o­lu­tion passed

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION - Tim Slater

THE de­vel­op­ment of a 15-storey re­tire­ment com­plex in As­cot Wa­ters is a step closer to re­ceiv­ing fi­nal ap­provals af­ter the City of Bel­mont con­sid­ered the pro­posal for the third time at its meet­ing last week.

The coun­cil agreed to lodge a for­mal de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for the res­i­den­tial aged care and apart­ment com­plex at 52 Grand­stand Road and to en­ter into a con­di­tional con­tract of sale of the prop­erty with de­vel­op­ers Craig­care. If approved, Coun­cil­lor Robert Rossi said the com­plex would be an out­stand­ing land­mark for the City.

“It will make a won­der­ful ad­di­tion for residents in Bel­mont,” he said.

The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment was last sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil in July 2014 and has been mod­i­fied to meet con­di­tions put on it, par­tic­u­larly deal­ing with on-site park­ing space and pro­tect­ing neigh­bours’ vis­ual pri­vacy.

It in­cludes a 152-room nurs­ing home, 59 aged persons’, 51 twobed­room, and eight three-bed­room dwellings, in­door pool, com­mu­nal lounges, in­door recre­ation, café and restau­rant, hair sa­lon and GP con­sult­ing rooms.

Coun­cil­lor Steve Wolff backed the project, say­ing there would be no shad­ows cast by the build­ing on nearby homes and lo­cal residents would wel­come ac­cess to fa­cil­i­ties such as the café, doc­tors’ rooms and sa­lon.

Coun­cil­lor Lau­ren Cay­oun ac­knowl­edged that more aged care fa­cil­i­ties would pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to age.

“But a 15-storey build­ing in a res­i­den­tial area is some­thing that a lot of peo­ple in the area are very much against,” she said.

Cr Rossi said the residents he had been talk­ing to were quite happy about the de­vel­op­ment go­ing ahead.

A coun­cil re­port said the most re­cent val­u­a­tion for 52 Grand­stand Road was $3.15 mil­lion in March 2014.

“A new val­u­a­tion will be un­der­taken and re­ported to coun­cil as part of any rec­om­men­da­tion to fi­nalise and ad­ver­tise a con­tract of sale,” the re­port said. It added that the de­vel­op­ment would re­quire an in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment by the joint de­vel­op­ment as­sess­ment panel be­fore a fi­nal res­o­lu­tion to sell the prop­erty could be approved.

The com­plex will need to pro­vide 224 car park­ing spa­ces, in­clud­ing 44 cars be­ing dou­bled up or stacked in 22 bays.

The res­o­lu­tion was passed 6-2 by the coun­cil last week.

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