Child­care cen­tre in As­cot sta­bles precinct re­fused

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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).

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