BAYSWATER council has refused planning approval for an unauthorised church in Morley.
Resident have raised complaints about noise and parking at the church, which resulted in fines worth $5000 being issued by City of Bayswater.
Church organisation God Resurrection Power Ministries – Perth has been holding events at Lot 101, 505 Walter Road East since February after moving from an industrial site in Malaga.
The site was previously occupied by an Italian and Indian restaurant.
At last night’scommittee meeting, councillors voted unanimously to refuse the proposed change of use to place of worship, food and beverage area, office and warehouse because it did not comply with parking requirements and impacted the amenity and noise in the area.
In March, the City issued about $5000 in fines to the owner and applicant of the proposed church in Morley for operating services without approval.
According to an officer’s report, the City’s officers requested owner Pizzino Holdings Pty Ltd and operator cease use immediately.
Several site inspections have been carried out with a large amount of people attending the site on Friday and Sunday with loud music and a high number of cars.
Morley resident Sam Cutri addressed council about concerns over constant loud music, drumming, singing and parking.
“For the last six weeks we have endured hell,” he said.
“It has greatly impacted on our quality of life.
“The amount of cars parked in this area, there is a chance of increased traffic hazard.”
Councillor Sally Palmer said the church site was against the local population.
“Nobody is against religion but when there is noise to this extent, you can’t put that as a reason… it is not right,” she said.
“We would welcome them to find a lovely place where they could sing and do their spiritual music.”
Cr Lorna Clarke said if the site was a cafe or a gym and made as much noise the council would still refuse development application.