Residents try to block Ascot Waters retirement village development


Ascot Waters residents collected almost 300 signatures to call a special elector’s meeting at the City of Belmont next week.
Ascot Waters residents collected almost 300 signatures to call a special elector’s meeting at the City of Belmont next week.

ASCOT Waters residents opposed to a 15-storey retirement village development in the suburb will have their concerns aired at a special elector’s meeting next Wednesday.

The residents collected nearly 300 signatures in just over two hours on a petition calling for the City of Belmont to stop the sale of the land and acknowledge that problems with the consultation have meant some residents did not even know about the proposal.

“There is considerable anger about how this facility will impact on the residents and many people feel that there has been woefully inadequate consultation with locals,” Belmont Community Group president Cassie Rowe said.

“The Belmont Community Group has written to the City of Belmont and the Department of Planning opposing the development.”

More than 25 volunteers talked to their neighbours about the development to gather signatures for their petition, with only 100 needed to call the meeting.

Resident Warren Campbell said concerns were based on the proposed height of the building, the impact on parking and traffic and the precedent the development could set for the area.

“We feel that a building of that size just doesn’t fit into a low-rise residential area like Ascot Waters,” Mr Campbell said.

The electors are calling on the City of Belmont to revoke its decision to sell 52 Grandstand Road, Ascot to developers Craigcare.

If approved, the development will comprise 59 aged persons dwellings, 125 single bedrooms and facilities including an indoor pool, gym, cafe, lounge and two doctors’ consulting rooms.

Belmont chief executive officer Stuart Cole said the City had imposed a number of requirements that had to be satisfied before the sale was finalised, including Craigcare obtaining planning approval from the Metropolitan Central Joint Development Assessment Panel.

He said the City had advertised the proposed development to all residents and landowners in Ascot Waters from July 4-25.

The meeting will be held at the City’s civic centre function room, Wednesday, September 7, starting 7pm and the agenda will be available on the city’s website this Friday at 4pm.