Approval for Stirling home real estate withdrawn

A HOME real-estate business approval was withdrawn by the City of Stirling after complaints from residents.

Marlow’s Real Estate allegedly breached conditions of the approval granted in January 2014, which the City of Stirling could not reveal for legal reasons.

Councillor David Michael put forward a motion on July 5 to rescind the approval of the business should it recommence at the Kingfisher Place address.

Kingfisher Place residents told the Stirling Times the business had “disrupted” the quiet cul-de-sac with heavy traffic and staff attending the area out of work hours, with many clients visiting the business at once.

Stirling health and compliance manager Peter Morrison said the matter was with the City’s solicitors for alleged breaches of the planning approval for the home business.

Mr Morrison said the City undertook traffic counts in Kingfisher Place and another cul-de-sac in the area. “Those results do not indicate a significant difference in traffic counts between the two locations,” he said.

“The City has been made aware that residents of Kingfisher Place may have been deliberately driving over the counter to increase numbers.

“Whilst this is difficult to quantify, there was a significant increase in traffic on one particular day which suggest that this may be the case and this may have had an impact on the measurements.”

Resident Brett Nguyen said the conditions were breached and that the business owner did not live at the address, which was a condition of the approval.

“I was fed up with the volume of traffic and I started to submit to the council all of the evidence,” he said.

“We as a community have written to Council, lodged formal complaints and have had community meetings and submitted a petition.”

Marlow’s Real Estate owner Jonathan Marlow said objections were due to an ongoing neighbourhood dispute but the business had “outgrown” the premises and moved to another location.

Balcatta MLA Chris Hatton said residents had approached him and he had written to the City to express their frustrations.