Pro­posal un­pop­u­lar

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - FIRST RE­PORTED AT Com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au Tim Slater

AS­COT Wa­ters res­i­dents op­posed to a 15-storey re­tire­ment vil­lage de­vel­op­ment in the sub­urb will have their say at a spe­cial elec­tor’s meet­ing to­mor­row, Septem­ber 7.

The res­i­dents col­lected nearly 300 sig­na­tures in just over two hours on a pe­ti­tion call­ing for the City of Bel­mont to stop the sale of the land and ac­knowl­edge that prob­lems with the con­sul­ta­tion have meant some res­i­dents did not even know about the pro­posal.

“There is con­sid­er­able anger about how this fa­cil­ity will im­pact on the res­i­dents and many peo­ple feel there has been woe­fully in­ad­e­quate con­sul­ta­tion with lo­cals,” Bel­mont Com­mu­nity Group pres­i­dent Cassie Rowe said.

“The Bel­mont Com­mu­nity Group has writ­ten to the City of Bel­mont and the De­part­ment of Plan­ning op­pos­ing the de­vel­op­ment.”

More than 25 vol­un­teers talked to their neigh­bours about the de­vel­op­ment to gather sig­na­tures for their pe­ti­tion.

Res­i­dent Warren Camp­bell said con­cerns were based on the pro­posed height of the build­ing, the im­pact on park­ing and traf­fic and the prece­dent the de­vel­op­ment could set for the area.

“We feel a build­ing of that size just doesn’t fit into a lowrise res­i­den­tial area like As­cot Wa­ters,” Mr Camp­bell said.

The elec­tors are call­ing on the City of Bel­mont to re­voke its de­ci­sion to sell 52 Grand­stand Road to de­vel­op­ers Craig­care.

If ap­proved, the de­vel­op­ment will com­prise 59 aged per­sons dwellings, 125 sin­gle bed­rooms and fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing an in­door pool, gym, cafe, lounge and two doc­tors’ con­sult­ing rooms.

Bel­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Cole said the City had im­posed a num­ber of re­quire­ments that had to be sat­is­fied be­fore the sale was fi­nalised, in­clud­ing Craig­care ob­tain­ing plan­ning ap­proval from the Metropoli­tan Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel.

He said the City had ad­ver­tised the pro­posal to all res­i­dents and landown­ers in As­cot Wa­ters from July 4-25.

The meet­ing is at the City’s civic cen­tre at 7pm and the agenda is on the city’s web­site.

As­cot Wa­ters res­i­dents col­lected al­most 300 sig­na­tures to call a spe­cial elec­tors meet­ing.

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