Non-con­form­ing use ex­tended

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Gio­vanni Torre

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”.

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