Call for Bel­mont way on the high­way

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

THE City of Bel­mont has called for State Gov­ern­ment sup­port to pre­vent fast food restau­rants and ser­vice sta­tions open­ing on Great East­ern High­way.

As part of an elec­tion wish­list given to South­ern Gazette, the City said it wanted more sup­port to stop plan­ning au­thor­i­ties over-rid­ing coun­cil de­ci­sions to re­ject con­ve­nience store style petrol sta­tions in a mixed use, com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial, area.

City of Bel­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Cole said: “There have been sev­eral in­stances where a com­bi­na­tion of con­ve­nience store, fast food and ser­vice sta­tion in the mixed use area on Great East­ern High­way have been op­posed by the City of Bel­mont, but ap­proved by ei­ther a Joint Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel or the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal.”

He said the stores were in­com­pat­i­ble with mixed-use de­vel­op­ments.

The lat­est ap­pli­ca­tion for a fast food out­let and ser­vice sta­tion were four lots along Great East­ern High­way and Bu­long Av­enue in Red­cliffe.

The City raised ob­jec­tions at a Metro Cen­tral JDAP on Fe­bru­ary 8, in­clud­ing that the pro­posed devel­op­ment would dis­rupt traf­fic and failed to demon­strate safe ac­cess to the site.

It ar­gued the fast food out­let would not re­flect the high ar­chi­tec­tural stan­dard re­quired for mixed use de­vel­op­ments.

The devel­op­ment would re­side in DA6, an area ear­marked for the City’s vi­sion of an ur­ban vil­lage, res­i­dents and busi­nesses con­nected by pub­lic space.

JDAP has de­layed its de­ci­sion, to al­low the ap­pli­cant more time to ad­dress the City’s con­cerns.

On­go­ing fund­ing for the DA6 pro­ject will be needed from the State Gov­ern­ment. d465541

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell

Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks: The City has a good idea of the sup­port it re­quires from State Gov­ern­ment .

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