$11.9m application for six-storey expansion of Abbotsford Private Hospital deferred

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AN APPLICATION for an $11.9m, six-storey addition to Abbotsford Private Hospital in West Leederville has been deferred for 90 days.

The Metro West JDAP on Wednesday resolved to delay the application, which would increase the number of beds by 51 and bring a total of 81 beds on site.

Specialist DAP member John Syme made the suggestion to defer the matter, despite an initial recommendation to refuse the application.

He said it should be deferred to allow the applicant “to come back with further information about parking management arrangements and social impacts.”

Seven locals, including West Leederville residents Angela Samec and Adele Coyne, Town of Cambridge Mayor Keri Shannon and CLE Senior Executive Town Planner Daniel Martinovich spoke against the application.

Concerns raised included potential overshadowing on adjoining properties, lack of delivery truck loading zones, inadequate drop-off and pick-up facilities, antisocial behaviour and disruption of noise amenity.

Ms Shannon said the application did not address parking issues at the hospital.

“There is no plan where staff will park in shift changes… and no planning for overspill of parking on streets,” she said.

Abbotsford Private Hospital representative Jane Dowling spoke for the proposed expansion along with Flyt representative Claire Smith and KDC Pty Ltd representative Benjamin Young.

Ms Dowling said that out of all the patients with addictions only 30 per cent would have conditions that were substance related.

“We have a strong relationship with a café near the hospital, and we have had no expression of concerns of anti-social behaviour from them,” she said.