Bayswater council brushes off community fears, gives tick to Bedford dental practice

Bayswater council brushes off community fears, gives tick to Bedford dental practice

A COSMETIC dental practice will be opening in a residential street in Bedford after Bayswater council approved a planning application at last night’s committee meeting.

Despite receiving 15 objections from the community, the council voted 6-5 for Councillor Elli Petersen-Pik’s amended motion to approve the medical consulting rooms with 11 parking bays at Lot 18, 87 Roseberry Street subject to conditions.

Conditions include limited operating hours between 8.30am and 5.30pm from Monday to Saturday, submit plans for all signs, informing customers of carparking at the rear of the property and a limit of two practitioners.

The objections addressed issues including carparking, amenity of a commercial development in a residential area, community benefit, traffic and the number of practitioners.

The 957sq m site’s existing land use is a single house and has another medical practice, Salisbury Medical Group, located behind it.

Property owner Albert Tassone said he and his extended family lived in the Bedford-Inglewood area.

“This is something we have identified as a genuine need in the Bedford-Inglewood area that is currently not being met,” he said.

“I wouldn’t put something up that I wouldn’t be happy to live next to myself.”

Salisbury Medical Group co-owner Carl Slusarczyk said he did not think there was a need for a commercial building on Roseberry Street.

“There is abundant opportunities for commercial development in nearby portions of Beaufort Street,” he said.

“From the point of view of my surgery, this is a negative thing where you would have up until 40 vehicle movements at the back of our property, making noise for our consulting rooms.”

Cr Petersen-Pik said he tried to follow the officer’s recommendation to refuse the application but this application was compliant.

Mayor Dan Bull, who voted against the approval, said many people were “deeply concerned” about the practice’s negative impact on amenity and they never intended to live in an “encroached, commercial area”.

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