Negative reaction to project
CRAIGCARE chief executive officer John Gillett says his company has invested “millions of dollars” and commissioned a “plethora” of consultant reports for its 15-storey proposed retirement village in Ascot Waters.
Mr Gillett attended a special electors meeting to hear residents’ concerns and said he was surprised at the negativity towards the project.
“We’ve been working on this project now for two-and-a-half years,” he said.
“We have had countless meetings with council representatives and engaged an absolute plethora of consultants.”
He said they included electrical, mechanical and civil engineers and traffic and noise consultants.
There had also been exercises looking at the impact of shadows and privacy on neighbouring buildings.
If approved, four floors in the building will be a nursing home for 250 aged residents and another 10 floors will accommodate two- and three-bedroom independent living apartments for people over 55.
Mr Gillett, who is the sole director for the company, said it had 600 residents in its facilities in WA and Victoria and about 800 staff.
“We are not here to upset residents. As far as we are concerned we have abided by the town planning requirements for this particular site and in fact we’ve exceeded the requirements,” he said.
“We have literally invested millions of dollars.
“It comes as a little surprise to us that at this such late stage in the process we have people who are actually challenging the validity of what we are trying to do.”
The company had consulted City of Belmont staff to structure its proposal before it could be released for public comment.
“Until this proposal was ready to put on the table it’s pretty difficult to actually consult residents,” Mr Gillett said.
“It’s not our intent from Craigcare’s perspective to alienate what will eventually be our marketplace.”
He said it was unfortunate that there had been such a negative reaction to the project from the local community.
An artist’s impression of the 15storey nursing home.