Council sees Red over Castle site

The Red Castle Motel site will be redeveloped.
The Red Castle Motel site will be redeveloped.

But because the proposal was valued at more than $7 million, the Town’s authority is automatically negated and can only be determined by the Metropolitan Central Joint Development Assessment Panel.

Two Town councillors ” Keith Hayes and Vicki Potter ” are the council representatives on the panel and they voted against the application but were outnumbered by its three specialist members.

Cr Hayes said he and Cr Potter agreed with the Town’s officers that the proposal did not comply with the council’s Town Planning Scheme for residential plot ratio, density, or traffic management.

He said the approved plot ratio was 55 per cent greater than the maximum specified under the Town Planning Scheme, and would negatively affect density, traffic and noise levels.

‘Lathlain is designed for low-density development and it will now be high-density, which the State Administrative Tribunal didn’t agree with eight years ago,’ Cr Hayes said.

‘That area already has gridlocked access in and out where there is only one four-way intersection.

‘This will cause motorists to rat run through the suburb to Roberts Road to get out of the area.’

He admitted the redevelopment would improve the derelict site but questioned at what social cost.

‘The cost to the community will be considerable,’ he said.