Non-conforming use extended
SUBIACO council voted to extend the non-conforming use of the old Ronald Mcdonald House (RMH) for a further 24 months.
The York Street property was permitted non-conforming use by the council in 1989 and it operated as a lodging house for families of children at PMH.
Councillors voted 8-3 to use its discretion to approve the longer period of time of 24 months for the continuation of the original approved land use of Lodging House for the property at 16-20 York Street.
Cr Murray Rowe, who moved the motion, set out a comprehensive case for supporting the request from RMH, noting that the building was purpose-built and has “little or perhaps no other purpose without a major redevelopment, the feasibility of which is questionable”.
Cr Rowe said the old RMH had not been put to any other use, had not been physically altered and the owners were actively seeking a new owner in a depressed market.
He said the charitable organisation could suffer a serious financial detriment if the non-confirming use was not continued.
While RMH has moved to near the new Perth Children’s Hospital, it continues to use York Street to assist their lodgers and other operations.
Cr Stephanie Stroud argued against the extension, claiming that RMH was supported by a multi-billion dollar transnational corporation and “not a local charity”.