A BOUTIQUE wine store and small bar are one step closer to joining the King William Street retail strip after Bayswater council granted planning approval for the development on Tuesday.
The council approved Mt Lawley couple and co-owners of 13 King William Street Matt Hayes and Simone Robseon’s application for change of use to a boutique wine store, a cafe and small bar and alterations to the 100-year-old heritage site.
Alterations included the installation of a roller shutter and fabric awning to the front of the building and the demolition of part of the building to the rear.
Councillors debated whether to replace the proposed fabric awning with a ‘box-style’ awning which was in-line with other shops but the recommendation was deleted.
The wine store will hold wine education and event nights, including serving of alcohol for events and tastings.
The cafe and small bar will serve coffee and snack food during the day, with the ability to serve alcohol and bar snacks.
Ms Robeson, who is also the architect for the project, said she and Mr Hayes were happy with the council’s decision.
“The result aligned with their policies of creating a vibrant and active centre and it was great they put their money where their mouth is so to speak,” she said.
“The planning officers’ conditions were fair and considered as they took the time to understand our intentions and work with us rather than simply ticking boxes.”
Ms Robeson said obtaining a liquor licence from the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor was the next “major hurdle”.
“We can further progress with that now that development approval has been obtained,” she said,
“In the meantime, we will commence design and documentation phase for the tenancies fit-outs.”
She said she sought advice from WA Police about the project, who advised installing CCTV cameras in light of recent thefts and domestic violence cases in the area.
Mayor Dan Bull said the wine store and small bar was going to be embraced by the community, following recent additions to the town centre including tbsp. and Drip Espresso.