Outdoor movies plot thickens

Outdoor movies plot thickens

The MRA’s Scarborough Land Redevelopment Committee deferred the matter last week, requesting more information on the development after it was scaled back by 25 per cent due to noise concerns.

Sunset Boulevard Beach Club proponent Robert Redmond said he was disappointed with the latest delay, considering he had made a variety of changes to accommodate the MRA and City of Stirling’s major concerns and despite the original development complying with legislation.

“It is disappointing as it appears the goal posts keep moving,” Mr Redmond said.

“We previously provided a proposal, which abided by all planning legislation. Then we were asked to provide a greater margin of error on patron noise, the only venue in the area required to do so, which we did with a 25 per cent reduction in patrons.

“Now we have been told that the City of Stirling has to provide more information to the MRA prior to determining a decision.”

Mr Redmond said the outdoor cinema, which would use headphones to reduce noise, would not negatively impact the surrounding area any more than existing venues or West Coast Highway.

“The report also highlights that the pre-existing noise in the area is already well above the assigned levels permissible in the area as well as our own proposal so any statements relating to our project creating noise related issues are simply not based on any fact or logic,” he said.

Mr Redmond said he believed the Beach Club was consistent with what the MRA had envisioned for the area, and cited an overwhelming support rate from the public.

MRA chief executive Kieran Kinsella said assessment of the application was ongoing and anticipated the Scarborough Land Redevelopment Committee would consider it at its next meeting.

“Additional advice has been sought from City of Stirling and Department of Environment Regulation in this regard,” he said.