Blow for City of Bayswater in fight against liquor barn as JDAP approves building permit

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THE Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) went against City of Bayswater recommendations today and signed off on a building permit for a 942sq m liquor barn in Maylands.

Australian Leisure Hospitality (ALH) was granted approval for a one-year building extension at the Maylands Peninsula Tavern site, requested due to ongoing legal proceedings with the Department of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.

The WA Liquor Commission knocked back an extended liquor license for the $3.5 million bottle shop and small tavern earlier this year and ALH was preparing to challenge the decision in the Supreme Court.

Last year, Bayswater council amended its Town Planning Scheme to state large liquor stores – more than 300sq m – were prohibited in Special Control Area 7, which includes the Maylands Peninsula Tavern site.

Three members of the JDAP went against the City’s provision and voted for building approval, while Councillor Chris Cornish voted for its refusal.

Second Bayswater representative Councillor Terry Kenyon was absent.

The Reporter understands a refusal would have stopped ALH’s Supreme Court appeal to overturn the liquor license knock-back.

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said the approval was “ridiculous”, particularly as representatives of the proponents argued the proposed development was a tavern, not a bottle shop.

She said 946sq m of the 1010sq m proposal would be a booze barn.

“It’s another incident of JDAP having absolutely no regard for what real people want in real suburbs,” she said.

“There have been significant changes to Town Planning Scheme Amendment 50, which clearly says the City of Bayswater does not support the building of large liquor establishments in residential areas.”

Residents’ concerns about the development included an increase in antisocial behaviour, its location in a residential area and on a railway line, and the existence of six bottle shops within a 1km radius.

No date has been set yet for the Supreme Court hearing.