Childcare centre in Ascot stables precinct refused
BELMONT Council has unanimously rejected a planning application for a childcare centre in Ascot.
The centre would have been built at 96-98 Matheson Road in the historic residential and stables area, and was knocked back at an ordinary council meeting on Tuesday, July 25.
The area, bounded by Great Eastern Highway, Tonkin Highway, Hardey Road and the Swan River, was included in the City’s Municipal Heritage Inventory 2016 as a place with exceptional significance.
This means the area is essential to the heritage of the locality as a rare or outstanding example, the place should be retained and conserved unless there is no feasible alternative, and any alterations or extensions should be sympathetic to heritage values.
The Matheson Road area is also included in the National Trust’s List of Classified Places as a rare surviving example of a suburban area that has retained a significant number of actively used stables in the urban subdivision, and has a long association with the horse-racing industry and Ascot Racecourse.
The applicant can apply within 28 days to have the decision reviewed by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).