SWAN Valley residents are fighting against plans to build a multi-level hotel, roadhouse and cafe in the heart of the wine region.
The application, which has been submitted by Melbourne-based developer Procon Developments, is proposed to be built on West Swan Road opposite Sandalford Winery.
The plan, which is currently out for public comment, includes a 24-hour petrol station, a tavern-style restaurant with more than 72 seats, 156 car bays and a four-storey apartment block with 35 short-stay apartments.
Swan Valley Ratepayers and Residents Association president Jeff Williams said the development did not fit with the Swan Valley Planning Act and would be an eyesore in the region.
“This development is inappropriate for the region and it’s too large,” he said.
“Not only does it not fit in with the amenity of the Swan Valley, but it’s right on the road and will be an eyesore in the Swan Valley, and will create congestion concerns.
“This development would be more appropriately located in Midland or Ellenbrook”
Mr Williams said it was disappointing the development had been submitted during a State Government review of the Swan Valley planning framework.
“While the review is being completed there should be a complete moratorium on all development applications,” he said.
Swan Valley Grape Growers Association president Darryl Trease said the association would be making a submission against the proposal.
“The application is contrary to the Swan Valley Planning Act and the kind of development that should be approved in the Swan Valley,” he said.
“It’s the wrong location.”
Swan Valley ward Councillor Rod Henderson said the application was a matter of considerable concern to the community and would damage the amenity of the region.
Procon Developments was contacted for comment, but did not get back to The Advocate before publication.
The public comment period will close on November 7.