Bayswater council urged to approve plan for family-friendly microbrewery in Maylands

The building where The Seasonal Brewing Company is planned to operate. Picture: The Seasonal Brewing Company Facebook.
The building where The Seasonal Brewing Company is planned to operate. Picture: The Seasonal Brewing Company Facebook.

A “FAMILY friendly” boutique micro-brewery and car park could soon be arriving in Maylands, after Bayswater’s planning and development services committee recommended approval of a development application at last night’s meeting.

The Seasonal Brewing Company owner Nick Southwell and Statement Planning senior planner Jason Hunt proposed a change of use to a boutique micro-brewery and car park at Lots 8 and 68, 175 Guildford Road and Lot 66, 66A Seventh Avenue, Maylands.

The proposed development includes a micro-brewery, tasting and dining area, children’s play area, alfresco area and 14 car bays located at on Seventh Avenue, opposite of Ellard Lane.

A maximum occupancy of 200 people and opening hours of 5pm to 10pm on weekdays and noon to 10pm on weekends have been proposed.

During weekdays, brewery operations will take place between 9am and 5pm, where the public can view the process.

“Councillor Elli Petersen-Pik’s additional condition for forklifts to not be permitted was supported.

Cr Catherine Ehrhardt’s requests for trucks to not exit the site on to Eighth Avenue and bushes along the neighbours’ fence line were supported.

Cr Ehrhardt’s amendment to save a mature tree on the corner of the lot was lost 10-1.

Council will make its final determination on the application at the March 27 council meeting, where an absolute majority is required.

Mr Southwell, who lived in Maylands with his partner, said the vision for his proposed development was based on the four seasons – which would be reflected through food, beer and artwork.

“There is huge excitement in this new (craft brewing) industry and it is no longer limited to the Margaret River and Swan Valley regions,” he said.

“Consumers have shown a desire for more easily accessible craft brewery destinations in the inner suburbs of Perth and ones with good public transport options like Maylands.

“I believe the Maylands area is in need for additional hospitality venues and it will add to the vibrant atmosphere around the Eighth Avenue area and encourage further growth.”

Mr Southwell said most of income earned would be from retail sales of 2L takeaway beer and tastings rather than wholesale.

Cr Petersen-Pik said the proposed micro-brewery and the nearby Lyric Lane concert bar would activate the Maylands area.

However, Maylands resident Teresa Ferguson said the proposed development would impact the daily life of her uncle and in-law, who live near the site, and could devalue her property.

“No one wants to live next to a car park or a pub,” she said.

Lyric Lane owner Michiel de Ruyter, who presented two deputations, said Maylands Residents and Ratepayers Association members were concerned about the proliferation of liquor outlets in Maylands as street drinking was already a problem in public places.

“We have no issue with the boutique brewery but the light industrial facility as proposed with 100 kegs a week being wholesaled is considered unacceptable to us,” he said.

“Ideally, the wholesale production and sale of kegs should not be permitted in a residential, commercial zone where this establishment is located.”

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