Wanneroo Council refuses Madeley takeaway plan

The commercial development on the corner of Russell Road and Langford Boulevard in Madeley.
The commercial development on the corner of Russell Road and Langford Boulevard in Madeley.

CONCERNS about lifestyle and health impacts on neighbouring residents led to the Wanneroo Council refusing to allow a takeaway food outlet in Madeley.

During public consultation on the proposed takeaway for South American cuisine on the corner of Langford Boulevard and Russell Road, the City received six submissions, four of which objected to it.

The submissions raised concerns about traffic, parking, impact on amenity and ‘unrealistic’ operating hours of 7am to 7pm.

Residents living next to the site also gave deputations highlighting their concerns ahead of the council meeting on July 2.

The commercial development backs on to residential properties.

One man whose home backs onto the shopping centre said he and his wife would have to live with “lengthy periods of annoying noises”.

Another man said there would be an influx of scooters and cars at the site, an increase in traffic on surrounding roads and potential danger to neighbours’ health.

“Smoke and fumes may contaminate and taint food – can the City guarantee there will be absolutely zero emissions?” he said.

After the staff recommendation to approve the application lapsed for want of a mover, Councillor Brett Treby moved an alternative to refuse it because it would detract from the amenity of adjacent residential properties due to potential odour and noise impacts.

Cr Treby said having a commercial kitchen operating a few metres away from people’s backyard entertaining areas was “a step too far” and the council could exercise its discretion to refuse the use.

A range of uses are permitted at the site.

Seconder Cr Domenic Zappa said it was unfortunate residents of the wider community would be at a disadvantage not having a local takeaway, blaming previous planning decisions for putting homes next to the commercial lot.

Cr Frank Cvitan said he was concerned there was another application for a takeaway in the same complex, which could increase parking issues.

Fig trees on Russell Road.

The commercial development, approved in late 2016, has 11 tenancies and 52 parking bays.

At the time, the developer adjusted plans so there would be a 3m gap between the rear of the building and neighbouring properties, and the council included a condition to protect fig trees planted on Russell Road more than four decades ago.