A MEDICAL centre in Woodvale has been approved for expansion.
Woodvale Private Hospital on Timberlane Drive – a women’s day surgery – applied for a two-storey addition at the rear of the centre and to increase the number of practitioners allowed to operate at any one time from two to three.
The additions include four storage rooms on the ground floor and a staircase leading to a large open space on the first floor.
A Joondalup council document said most of the proposed development was compliant with the City’s planning policies except the rear building, which proposes a setback of between 1.5m and 3m instead of 6m.
However, the owner of the centre also owns the property on the rear adjoining lot that would be affected.
At last month’s council briefing, applicant Steven Singh said the centre’s three consulting rooms were being filled with paperwork because there was not enough storage space.
He said it was unlikely he would move out of the adjoining rear property and he was “not keen” to use his home as an extension to the centre because he did not want to increase traffic to the street.
A council document said the overall design of the development was appropriate and reflected the residential character of the area, with the upper floor proposed to be set back one metre from the ground floor.
“It is not considered to significantly impact the amenity of nearby and adjoining properties,” it said.
Councillors voted to conditionally approve the application, with a construction management plan to be submitted.