CITY of Vincent council went against officer recommendation last night to approve a barber/small bar on Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley.
A shortfall of 18 car parking bays was a concern to the director of development services, but council agreed to lower the number of bays and therefore the cash in lieu fee to pass the application.
The speakeasy-inspired development proposes the front portion operate as a four-seat barbershop and the rear section as a small bar with a total capacity of 100 people.
It is proposed the rear roof be removed and replaced with a canopy for an alfresco area and internal alterations to include three toilets, a cool room, kitchen, bar, a seating area, an internal lift and an office.
Councillor Roslyn Harley said she was concerned with a focus on ensuring appropriate car parking space at liquor venues.
“I think that there’s a fundamental issue with combining the need for car parking with a liquor outlet and I admit while not everyone drinks, to me the linkage between them is a worrying one,” she said.
“And yes there are problems with increasing the amount of alcohol markets on Beaufort Street and there are challenges in that in the tipping towards a night time economy at the expense of the day time economy.”
Cr Harley said she supported the venture because of the front space activation.
“Hopefully there will be more applications similar in the future so we have an active space during the day and a night time economy as well,” she said.
Mayor Emma Cole said the idea of a barber/small bar was “a clever way to keep a daytime interaction”.