High-rise aged home on hold


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

THE City of Bel­mont has de­cided to halt ne­go­ti­a­tions with the de­vel­oper of a pro­posed 15-storey nurs­ing home in As­cot Waters un­til it is re­duced to a max­i­mum height of five storeys.

The move fol­lows a marathon coun­cil meet­ing last week that lasted for al­most four hours, with the pub­lic gallery over­flow­ing out of the coun­cil cham­bers on to the ad­join­ing up­per-level foyer.

The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment was ini­tially for a 15-storey build­ing, but fol­low­ing con­cerns from As­cot Waters res­i­dents, the coun­cil de­cided to pause ne­go­ti­a­tions with de­vel­oper Craig­care.

The mo­tion, car­ried eight votes to one, read: “That Coun­cil im­me­di­ately pause the process of dis­pos­ing of 52 Grand­stand Road to Craig­care and com­mit to recom­mence the process in the event that Craig­care agree to a de­vel­op­ment which is five storeys or less”.

Coun­cil­lor Lau­ren Cay­oun moved the mo­tion to “en­sure that any de­vel­op­ment is in keep­ing with the cur­rent low-rise res­i­den­tial na­ture of As­cot Waters”.

Cr Cay­oun said the As­cot Waters com­mu­nity had shown over­whelm­ing op­po­si­tion to the pro­posed 15-storey de­vel­op­ment.

Res­i­dents grilled the coun­cil dur­ing the meet­ing, rais­ing ques­tions about whether or not the land had al­ready been sold.

But City of Bel­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Cole said the coun­cil had not de­cided to sell the land and was go­ing through a process af­ter being ap­proached by the de­vel­oper.

“The ultimate de­ci­sion still rests with the coun­cil to sell the land and that de­ci­sion has not been made,” he said.

He said Craig­care rep­re­sen­ta­tives had been in con­tact with City staff fol­low­ing a pri­vate meet­ing with a del­e­ga­tion of As­cot Waters res­i­dents.

He said they were pre­pared to con­sider re­vis­ing their 15-storey pro­posal fol­low­ing the pub­lic back­lash to it.

Craig­care was set to sub­mit its de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion to the Metropoli­tan Joint De­vel­op­ment Assess­ment Panel on Oc­to­ber 14.

Bel­mont Com­mu­nity Group pres­i­dent Cassie Rowe said it was clear from the turnout of res­i­dents that they didn’t want a 15-storey build­ing in their low-rise res­i­den­tial area.

“While we are happy that the ac­tion taken by res­i­dents has re­sulted in the Bel­mont coun­cil agree­ing to re­duce the height of the build­ing, we will con­tinue to fight to hold them to this com­mit­ment,” Ms Rowe said.

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