Multi-use project in doubt

Southern Telegraph - - News - Chloe Fraser and Stu­art Hor­ton

An ap­pli­ca­tion to build a mul­tiuse de­vel­op­ment on Coun­cil Av­enue in Rock­ing­ham is likely to be knocked back af­ter City of Rock­ing­ham coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously voted against the pro­posal at last Tues­day’s coun­cil meeting.

The coun­cil will sub­mit its rec­om­men­da­tion that the pro­posal be re­fused, with the Metro South-West Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel set to have the fi­nal say.

The ap­pli­ca­tion for a mul­tiuse de­vel­op­ment on Lot 301 (No. 2-6) Coun­cil Av­enue, which in­cluded a 24-hour gym, restau­rant, four show­rooms and con­ve­nience store sell­ing fuel, was lodged with the City on July 23.

The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment build­ings, bounded by Read Street, Coun­cil Av­enue and Sepia Court, would also in­clude 108 car park­ing bays, 22 bi­cy­cle park­ing bays and a playground lo­cated near the restau­rant al­fresco area.

It also pro­posed ve­hi­cle ac­cess via an ex­ist­ing slip lane from Read Street.

Coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously re­jected the plans on 10 con­di­tions for re­fusal in­clud­ing con­cerns about traf­fic, the height of the pro­posed py­lon sign and roof sign, as well as the sites’ “gate­way lo­ca­tion”.

Sepia Court res­i­dent Ron Calver told the Sound Tele­graph in Au­gust he was con­cerned the de­vel­op­ment would make al­ready dif­fi­cult peak hour traf­fic con­di­tions worse.

“It’s al­ready hard enough to cut through the traf­fic con­ges­tion, espe­cially in peak hour,” he said. “Why would any­one even think of putting a petrol sta­tion in that spot when there is a BP about 100m down the road?”

Mr Calver was con­cerned de­vel­op­ers did not care for the amenity of es­tab­lished res­i­dents in an area and only sought to build on “any avail­able land”.

“There’s a bus stop just be­fore the (Coun­cil Av­enueRead Street) cor­ner. . .imag­ine the traf­fic jams if two or three buses had to stop,” he said.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed multi-use de­vel­op­ment in Rock­ing­ham.

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