Bar changes approved

Following State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) mediation between the Town of Claremont and stakeholders, councillors approved a change of use from office to small bar at 34 St Quentin Avenue where he will open Asado.

The Mt Claremont resident, who owns The Wine Store in East Fremantle, will start the new venture with business partners John Poynton and Adrian Fini.

Following the council’s refusal in November, the parties attended mediation.

Mr Bates-Smith amended his application to restrict entry 30 minutes before the venue closes, close a proposed outdoor dining area between the St Quentin Avenue boundary and building from 10pm Sunday to Thursday and restrict refuse collection to between 7am and 8am Monday and Friday.

Mr Bates-Smith said the new application addressed residents’ concerns, including waste management, noise and congestion around the venue.

However, an acoustic report did comply with council policy before he altered the plans.

Cr Peter Browne reluctantly accepted the amended application because he believed the SAT would approve it if it went to a full hearing.

‘The proponent has made considerable concessions and I suspect they have gone as far as they can to remain viable but I don’t think that will satisfy the people in St Quentin Avenue,’ Cr Browne said.

‘But I have to be strategic and my view is if you refuse this now it will go back to the SAT.’

Cr Jill Goetze said the small bar would not cause a great deal of problems.

‘This is exactly what we need in Claremont’