Complex resolution passed
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.