Panel approves Osborne Park car dealership but says lifespan is 15 years

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THE life expectancy of car dealerships in Osborne Park is 15 years, according to State planning panel members.

The comments came during the Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel’s approval of an $11 million redevelopment of North City Holden last month.

AHG plans to revamp the Scarborough Beach Road site to offer Holden, Subaru, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen dealerships, and a used car facility.

The panel previously refused the proposal and the City of Stirling recommended doing so again because it was inconsistent with plans to transform the area around Glendalough station into a pedestrian-friendly commercial and residential precinct.

Town planner Nik Hidding, acting on behalf of AHG, said grouping the manufacturers would allow future development of their existing sites further along Scarborough Beach Road.

He said the land was zoned industry when they lodged the application but it had since changed to development, and believed full weight should not be given to the Herdsman-Glendalough draft structure plan because it was not finalised.

“This proposal is a land use that’s already there but we are proposing it in a new development,” he said.

“It will approve the amenity through a new built form, pedestrian connections and landscaping.”

Stirling councillor Giovanni Italiano said the plan would have an impact but not in the “near future”.

“I can’t see it (the dealership) being there more than 15 years,” he said.

“They will set it up then it will be outdated. I can’t see the impact on future development. People will start to develop around there.”

Specialist member Fred Zuideveld agreed it would not remain “much longer than 10 to 15 years” and approval would allow for staged development.

But presiding member Karen Hyde said the ground for refusal were appropriate.

“The application doesn’t fit within the future intent of the area as a transit-oriented area,” she said.

“Future uses will change.”

As part of the approval, the development will no longer be able to be accessed via Scarborough Beach Road, which Ms Hyde believed would make it unsustainable.

The panel refused a similar proposal from Regent Motors in July to redevelop its site, diagonally opposite North City Holden.