Stirling councillors approve Balcatta dance studio despite parking shortfall fears

Stirling councillors approve Balcatta dance studio despite parking shortfall fears

A BALCATTA dance studio has been approved despite a shortfall in parking bays.

Dance Etc applied to the City of Stirling for a change of use for a Balcatta Road warehouse to private recreation facility.

A report by the City presented at the November council meeting noted there was an existing parking shortfall on site of 19 bays and this would increase to 38 bays.

Councillor Adam Spagnolo said he did not oppose the recommendation to approve the application but had “reservations” about the City’s consistency in dealing with parking shortfalls and cash-in-lieu payments.

“We need to be very careful about the generosity of this cash-in-lieu,” he said.

Planning and development director Ross Povey said decisions were guided by the City’s parking and access policy.

He said the application was assessed against the policy and found it would not result in a major parking problem at the site.

The applicant proposed to operate the studio from Monday to Saturday and stagger class times to minimise parking requirements.

According to the report, limiting class sizes would also alleviate congestion and it recommending waiving the cash-in-lieu contribution.

“It is not considered this shortfall will result in a car parking problem in the locality due to the proposed operating hours and class sizes,” it said.

Councillors unanimously supported the application.

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