Centre fails in clearance

The RSL Hall will remain intact. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d421264
The RSL Hall will remain intact. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d421264

The Town of Victoria Park refused an application by Major Holdings P/L, the owner of the Opel Clearance Centre, because it would have a negative impact on the preservation of the local amenity and did not reflect orderly planning.

A report approved by the Town’s built life director Robert Cruickshank concluded that using the site as an open-air car display area would detract from the quality and appearance of the streetscape and interrupt existing and intended development in the area.

Major Holdings did not respond to questions from the Gazette about whether it would appeal against the decision, which it must do within 28 days.

The building is on a residential-zoned lot that was approved by Council for incorporation into the adjacent commercial-zoned motor vehicle sales premises in 1993. It now operates as a showroom.

Properties to the south and east of the lot are residential and the Town’s report stated there was a strong residential presence within the block, which the applicant believes will not be affected by the car yard’s expansion.

The report also said the building’s replacement with more open-air car display space and overhead lighting would significantly change the appearance of the lot, and compromise the area’s character.

It said current car sales from the building were modest and non-obtrusive because the business was confined to the interior of the showroom and the conversion to open-air caryards was perceived as an intensification of the site’s use for commercial purposes.

Major Holdings said the building was visually imposing and generous landscaping would act as a green buffer.