Bedford: Bayswater Council refuses proposed real estate agent training provider

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BAYSWATER Council has refused a planning application for a Bedford real estate education provider, in light of neighbouring businesses’ concerns over a parking shortfall.

At last night’s committee meeting, the council rejected training provider Livepm’s proposal for a change of use from an office use to an education establishment.

Livepm were operating training courses and mentoring services for real estate agents at the Lot 10, 211 Rosebery Street property without planning approval.

There is a maximum of 25 students and one staff member at the property at any one time.

The planning application was put forward following a complaint made to the City.

According to an officer’s report, the minimum car parking requirement was eight car parking bays but there were only three car bays on site.

“It is considered that an educational establishment with a maximum of 25 students is of an inappropriate scale given that the use does not meet the minimum car parking requirements and is located adjacent to residential uses and is therefore not an appropriate use on this site,” the report stated.

Bedford’s Haircon owner Connie Sciullo addressed the council on behalf of Bellisa Café owner Maria Scheon, City Farmers manager Phillip Lowe and Bedford resident Paul Loveland about their opposition to the establishment.

“We are the ‘forgotten about’ business district and also the gateway into the City of Bayswater,” she said.

“Each year, I see that I am in more turmoil and mental stress over new business approvals that the council grants without taking on board the City’s parking shortages and anti-social behaviour we have in the area.

“I myself would like to put all of our complaints to a better use and help facilitate a vibrant business hub that is safe and practical for the community to use.”

Cr Stephanie Gray said permitting businesses with a parking shortfall was not a good thing, as one business had moved out of the area due to the lack of parking bays.