City of Bayswater gives first dedicated indoor soccer centre tick of approval despite parking shortfall

Artist impression of the Tonkin Highway Industrial Estate.
Artist impression of the Tonkin Highway Industrial Estate.

CITY of Bayswater’s first dedicated indoor soccer centre will be developed in the Tonkin Highway Industrial Estate, despite a 150 shortfall in parking requirements.

At last night’scommittee meeting, the council unanimously supported developer Linc Property’s proposal for a two-storey futsal facility at the former fertiliser manufacturing site located at Lot 127 and 128, 13 and 15 Focal Way, Bayswater.

Mayor Dan Bull’s amendments to have a 54-vehicle restriction at any one time and removing a clause that did not allow the centre to operate before 5pm on weekdays were also passed.

The centre will be built in Precinct B of the industrial estate on Railway Parade, which is 8km east of the Perth CBD, 3km from Perth Airport and provides connections to Roe, Reid, Great Eastern and Leach highways.

There will be two indoor soccer courts, a warm up area, ancillary kiosk, a shop and offices.

According to an officer’s report, while the calculated carparking requirement was 204 car bays, the City believed the 54 bays was adequate and would not affect future surrounding uses.

Town planning consultant Roman Zagwocki, who addressed council on behalf of Linc Property, said there would usually be 41 people at the centre but the number would increase for finals and events.

“This number does not include spectators which from time-to-time will vary in number for occasions like grand finals where you can anticipate be a lot more spectators that you would experience on a daily basis,” he said.

“However, at the end of the day, there are only two courts proposed and therefore there is a defined number of players that can play at any one time at the facility.”

Cr Bull said the centre was a great land use for the new precinct in the Bayswater industrial area.

“It will bring a lot of new jobs and real vibrancy into an area that has been run down for a long time,” he said.

“This proposal I think is just going to add to that and it is going to bring people into the area during the day and also in the evening which is also great in terms of passive surveillance.

“I completely understand the officer’s goals around these constraints…I am satisfied that the outcome will be better for the business but still not result in car parking issues in the area.”

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