More time for Murphy’s
Two-year limit “wholly inadequate”
THE Australian Leisure and Hospitality (ALH) Group has until July 2020 to begin work on a Dan Murphy’s on Canning Highway.
The Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) granted ALH a two-year approval for the demolition of a BWS and alterations to the Como Hotel that lapsed in April 2017.
ALH’s application for a further two-year extension was refused by the JDAP in October last year on the grounds the development was not compliant with planning frameworks.
In February, ALH sought a review by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) against the decision. SAT found that the planning framework had changed substantially since the development approval.
But the tribunal granted the extension after deeming the initial time restriction was “wholly inadequate”.
A report said “the construction of the Dan Murphy’s could not have been substantially commenced within the two-year period originally imposed given the development involved the construction of premises requiring alteration and redefinition of a licence under the Liquor Control Act 1988”.
Save Como Action Group representative Ashley Cranenburgh was disappointed by the decision.
“Residents support the refurbishment of the hotel but they had 24 months to do it. There are a number of issues including congestion and safety,” he said.