DEBATE about a proposed Dan Murphy’s on Canning Highway, Como has reignited after the developers let the 2015 approval lapse.
The Australian Leisure and Hospitality (ALH) Group received approval from the Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) for the demolition of the BWS and alterations to the Como Hotel in April 2015 but it lapsed in April.
Late last month, ALH Group submitted a development application to the City of South Perth for an extension until 2019.
Save Como Action Group representative Ashley Cranenburgh said the community sentiment towards the proposed Dan Murphy’s had been strong and people opposed it on several grounds.
“There are a number of issues including traffic congestion and traffic safety along South Terrace and Canning Highway,” he said.
“The City’s Amendment 50 states that large liquor stores are prohibited at this location.
“There is a feeling among residents that traffic is only going to get worse, especially with Perth Stadium opening as Canning Highway will be arterial road for people travelling between the freeway and the oval.
“Residents support the refurbishment of the hotel but they had 24 months to do it.”
ALH Group national property manager Barry Cloke said a need to redefine the tavern’s licence had caused the delay.
“We had our day with the director on October 27 and we’ve been told a decision about that is six to nine months away,” he said.
“There has been some negative feedback, there were eight residential objectors during the hearing but we’ve held information sessions and been quite open with the community.
“If we get a positive decision then it will take about nine months to get it built.”
City of South Perth chief executive Geoff Glass said the Metro Central JDAP would likely consider the application in late December 2017.