More time for Mur­phy’s

Two-year limit “wholly in­ad­e­quate”

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Front Page - Bronwyn Dono­van

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.

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