Residents say house call a mistake

Terry Bailey at the site of the proposed centre. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d415268
Terry Bailey at the site of the proposed centre. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d415268

Resident Terry Bailey is one of several to submit written objections to the City of Gosnells about the centre, proposed to operate from a house, with a carpark planned for the vacant lot next door.

Mr Bailey said it was inappropriate to place a business among houses, near a park and lake that children played at.

‘Another two commercial properties have become available less than 100 metres from the proposed site, all of which are suitable for a medical centre,’ he said.

‘Our concerns are that the application has already been given some sort of conditional approval because the applicant has posted that his new premises will be opening the first week in March in Southern River. He has had electrical and other contractors working at the property, including a signwriter.’

Philip Ibukunoluwa, a doctor at Southern River Medical Centre on the same street, and the person Mr Bailey named as the proponent, did not respond to requests for comment.

City of Gosnells chief executive Ian Cowie said for each development decision, the City was bound to consider only the site in question and suitability of the proposed use in planning terms. It could not legally make the presence of potentially suitable sites nearby a part of that decision.

Mr Cowie said in general terms, people were advised not to start development until they had approval, but planning and building regulations could not stop someone advertising a new business prematurely.

He said staff members were still assessing the proposal.

‘A number of submissions have been lodged which raise concerns about the proposal,’ he said. ‘The council will take these into consideration.’