City of Melville council refused the application at Shea Grove property for a second time in a year, despite the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) asking the City to reconsider the revised proposal.
An application to run a specialist consulting room from the residential area was first bought to council in October last year, which would have seen the house converted into a consulting room with two consultants and a staff member operating form the centre.
But the council rejected the application and applicants quickly appealed the decision at the SAT.
City officers said mediation sessions at SAT followed, which resulted in the preparation of a revised design proposal.
‘The amended proposal involved converting the existing dwelling into two tenancies, one to be a two bedroom home and the other a consulting room,’ a City officer report said.
However, councillors rejected the revised proposal on the grounds that operating as a consulting room would have an adverse impact on the character and amenity of the surrounding residential area.
Local community members were happy with the result and said they had been fighting against the proposal with a number of petitions and letters of objection.
‘We, the local residents, think it would be an improper use of the area and set precedence if it was to go ahead,’ resident Helen Nicholson said.
City of Melville Acting Mayor Duncan Macphail said a future mediation session has been scheduled for May, when the City would notify the SAT of the Council’s decision.