Future plans for Osborne Park sees caryard redevelpoment rejected

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PLANS to rebuild a caryard in Osborne Park have been knocked back because it is not in keeping with future plans for the area.

Regent Motors, which runs the Isuzu and Renault dealerships diagonally opposite Glendalough station, applied for a $9 million redevelopment of its Scarborough Beach Road motor vehicle sales and repair site.

Despite currently being used for the same purpose and surrounded by other car dealerships, the City of Stirling and WA Planning Commission recommended refusal of the application.

The City and State have long-term plans to transform the area around Glendalough station into a “pedestrian-friendly” district comprising mixed use developments, and the area is zoned urban under the State planning scheme.

The application was deferred in April, giving the applicant time to address concerns about landscaping and access, but since then the Planning Minister has approved a local planning scheme amendment to rezone the Herdsman Glendalough Special Control Area to development.

A report by the City said the proposed land uses were permitted but in isolation did “not contribute to the vibrancy of the centre” and were “considered to jeopardise the extensively planned objectives for the area”.

It also does not fit with State objectives to create high density residential areas around train stations, and the City’s long-term plan for light rail from Glendalough to Scarborough Beach.

The panel refused the application 3-2, citing reasons including that it would prejudice development of the site and surrounding area as a district centre, and is inconsistent with objectives for the area and “intended future character of the area”.

The applicant has appealed to the State Administrative Tribunal.