$3.8 million development for Embleton gets green light

The site on the corner of Beechboro Road North and Broun Avenue, Embleton.
The site on the corner of Beechboro Road North and Broun Avenue, Embleton.
The site on the corner of Beechboro Road North and Broun Avenue, Embleton. The site on the corner of Beechboro Road North and Broun Avenue, Embleton.

AN Embleton complex will be demolished and revamped with a 24-hour petrol station and convenience store, tyre and pet shops after Bayswater Council approved a $3.8 million proposal.

The council unanimously supported applicants Fabric Property Group’s proposal for the amalgamation of Lot 751, 243 Beechboro Road North and Lot 755, 484 Walter Road East in Embleton at last night’s committee meeting.

The 3959 sq m site is currently occupied by a vacant building (a former DVD shop) a take away pizza shop and a light industrial complex located on Lot 243 Beechboro Road North, across from Charlies Fresh Food Market.

Part of the proposed development involves the demolition of all existing buildings and car bays, construction of a 24-hour BP petrol station and convenience store, Urban Pets showroom and a Bridgestone Tyres building, 42 car bays, landscaping and a relocation of a bus stop.

The City received 12 public submissions with two objections, which raised concerns over external colours of the building, potential noise, traffic and odour impacts.

Conditions include the developer paying $38,000 in cash-in-lieu funds for public art, the extension of a central raised median or the installation of a ‘splitter island’ in front of the Walter Road East and a new crossover onto Walter Road East.

There will also be an extension of the right hand turn pocket on the western approach to the signalised intersection of Walter Road East and Beechboro Road North.

Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish said it was a good development and would be “far better” than the site’s current state.

Cr Brent Fleeton said he supported the proposal but would rather see the funds spent on trees rather than public art.

Planning Solutions senior planner Ross Underwood, who addressed the council on behalf of the applicants, said the proposal was consistent with the City’s light industry zoning for the site.

“The improvements that we are proposing to the road infrastructure on Broun Avenue are traffic, pedestrian movements and trees,” he said.

“Those buildings are fairly old and quite obviously in need of renovation and rejuvenation.

“Together with those two sites, they form a site that can be better developed in a more integrated manner than that one site by itself.”

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