Bayswater Council planning committee: Public art and food van signage get green light

City of Bayswater councillors have given approval for a sculpture at an Embleton development.
City of Bayswater councillors have given approval for a sculpture at an Embleton development.

Embleton sculpture

AN orange extension cord sculpture will be erected at the front of a yet-to-be completed multipurpose complex in Embleton.

A video store, takeaway pizza shop and light industries at Lot 751, 243 Beechboro Road North and Lot 755, 484 Walter Road East, were demolished earlier this year to make way for a $3.8 million revamp.

There will be a 24-hour BP petrol station and convenience store, Urban Pets showroom and a Bridgestone Tyres building.

Bayswater councillors voted 9-1 in favour of artist and architect team Obscure View’s proposed People Power sculpture at their July 17 planning committee meeting.

The sculpture, which will be constructed of steel, glass reinforced concrete and aluminium at 2.1m in height and 5.7m in length, is estimated to cost $38,000.

Under the City’s public art policy, developers have to provide public art worth no less than 1 per cent of the estimated total cost of the development.

Food van signage

FOOD van owners operating in locations with low foot traffic can now increase their signage.

The council unanimously voted to adopt its modified mobile food vehicles policy.

Changes include where a location is not a main thoroughfare, an additional A-frame sign is permitted to up to 500m away. No signage will be permitted on State-controlled roads without comment from Main Roads.

This decision comes after Annie’s Woodfired Pizza food van, based at Bardon Park in Maylands, was given approval for a temporary A-frame sign at the Fourth Avenue East and Guildford Road intersection in April.

Limit to discretionary powers refused

THE council has rejected an amendment to Town Planning Scheme No.24 which could have limited discretionary powers.

After deputations by Future Bayswater member Linda Slater and Pharmacy 777 owner Greg Da Rui, the council unanimously supported Mayor Dan Bull’s alternate motion to reject the proposal.

The amendment was to limit the discretion of decision-makers, including the Development Assessment Panel, to approve building heights beyond those prescribed within the City’s Special Control Areas, Morley Activity Centre, Maylands and Bayswater town centres.

Ms Slater said limiting discretionary powers and performance criteria were too restrictive and would discourage investment.

According to an officer’s report, Planning Minister Rita Saffioti could still approve the proposed amendments despite the council not being supportive.