The proposal included modifications to the existing tavern such as a bigger kitchen, courtyards and family-style bistro, a 734sq m Dan Murphy’s liquor store, offices on a second storey and 123 parking bays.
Mr Tomlins said the proposal was a makeover of what was already on the site with the development at the rear to be a discounted liquor outlet ‘almost double’ the size of the proposed tavern.
‘The proposed development does not fit the strategic vision for the Maylands activity centre of a high quality mixed use development, which respects the character and appearance of the Old Peninsula Hotel adjacent to it and is the best use of the area considering the proximity of the Maylands Railway Station across the road,’ he said.
‘Our association strongly fought against Coles First Choice Discounted Liquor barn for the very reason this area has 15 liquor outlets within a two-kilometre radius, and four centres supporting people with alcohol problems.’
Mr Tomlins said if the proposal had been approved and gone ahead, the area close to the railway would have become an attraction for the purchase of cheap liquor ‘attracting more anti-social behaviour, a problem we already have’.