City and developers in game of chicken

The abandoned KFC building on Patterson Road, Rockingham.
The abandoned KFC building on Patterson Road, Rockingham.

The KFC has been a feature of the Rockingham Beach area since it was given planning approval in 1976.

Operations ceased on the site in 2007.

Despite receiving a number of complaints about the ‘dilapidated, vandalised and unsafe’ site, the City rejected a 2011 application for planning approval to make additions and alterations to the existing KFC because the proponent did not provide additional information requested by the City relating to compliance with policy.

At Monday’s planning services committee meeting, councillors were presented with a proposal from Rowe Group to gut the existing building and bring it into line with KFC’s current branding.

The building would be expanded by 54sq m to feature a new 22sq m indoor seating area, building entry, drive-through booth, enclosure of the existing 26sq m outdoor seating area and internal upgrade, and refurbishment of the dining room, kitchen and toilets, plus new signage.

However, an officer’s report indicates the plan fails to meet local laws, including parts of the Waterfront Village Policy relating to frontage, height, street activation, signage and car parking location.

The committee has recommended the application be refused.

It will now go to an ordinary meeting of council for consideration.