Bassendean: Metro Central JDAP approves change to mixed-use nursing home development

The subject site. Picture: Kristie Lim
The subject site. Picture: Kristie Lim

A MINOR change to an approved nursing home development in Bassendean worth $13 million has been approved, which will result in the Town missing out on 2 per cent of construction costs and public artworks.

In May, applicant Peter Webb and Associates was granted approval for a mixed development comprising alterations and additions to a nursing home, shops and 18 apartments at Lot 54 (No. 25-27) Hamilton Street, Lot 84 (68) Old Perth Road and Lot 85 (70) Old Perth Road.

The Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel voted 3-2 for acting deputy presiding member Kym Petani’s alternate motion to refuse Town officers’ recommendation not to delete condition 34 of the approved plans at the September 21 meeting.

Panel members and Bassendean councillors Jai Wilson and Kathryn Hamilton voted against and their bid to support the officers was lost.

Condition 34 required the applicant to pay the Town a 2 per cent contribution of the building construction costs as prescribed under the Town Centre Area Strategy and Guidelines for Bassendean.

The 2 per cent contribution included 1 per cent allocated for public art.

Officers said the condition was a valid planning matter, as it would be used to enhance the public realm near the site through public art, street furniture, planting, car bays and bike racks.

The estimated cost of the infrastructure works was about $123,200.

However, acting presiding member Rachel Chapman believed the condition lacked transparency because the infrastructure items could not be demonstrated in the development.