City accused of being unimaginative

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker.
Maylands MLA Lisa Baker.

The JDAP has authorised the Westbridge Property Group plans for the three to five-storey, mixed-use development fronting Beaufort Street, which will comprise 82 multiple dwellings, 11 offices, one shop and one caf�.

The development includes 127 parking bays, an increase from the 122 initially proposed in a previous plan, which outlined the development of 94 multiple dwellings, one office, one shop and one caf�.

But Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said concerns remained about the development’s impact locally.

‘I am not opposed to the redevelopment of this site, however I do support residents’ concerns about traffic congestion and car-parking problems,’ she said.

Inglewood resident Graeme Cocks said the development ‘took away the chance for Inglewood to further develop a community shopping hub’.

‘The next generation of people living in Inglewood will have a suburb rather than the modern, inner-city urban village, which we could have had if the City of Stirling had not been so unimaginative and disinterested,’ he said.

Westbridge Property Group director Matthew McNeilly said the business had worked with the City of Stirling and JDAP to achieve the desired outcomes for the site.

‘I think we have achieved that and that JDAP approval recognises that,’ he said.

‘We certainly understand there is some apprehension among some residents about change in their community, that is only natural.

‘It is our intention to deliver a development that will enhance the area and add to the local colour and flavour.’