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Concerns about West Swan tavern proposal

A TOWN planner hired by residents concerned about a development application for Lots 11 and 22 (Nos 6791 and 6841) West Swan Rd has raised concerns about the proposal not meeting Swan Valley Planning Act objectives for
area B.

The planner also said there were anti-social behaviour, noise, traffic, amenity, setback and parking concerns.

Nearby residents have hired the town planner to help them fight the proposal.

The City of Swan said on Wednesday, November 1 it would accept and consider any submissions about the development application sent in after the closing date of Tuesday, October 31.

The development application submitted to the city proposed the demolition of all existing dwellings and all associated structures on the lots to allow the construction of a new single storey tavern and associated facilities.

Key elements in the development application included the construction of a single storey building with a total floor area of 677sqm (including veranda and patio areas).

The building will include a 205sqm of internal lounge-bar area and 52sqm of external lounge-bar area.

The proposal also included construction of a children adventure playground area, provision of a landscaped outdoor garden area, two crossovers along the land’s West Swan Rd frontage and construction of 92 on-site car parking bays, two disabled bays and two bus parking bays.

It also included provision for extensive landscaping, including the planting of grape vines and a feature windmill within the front setback area of the development.

The development application said the proposed tavern would focus on providing a family friendly venue and would include a children’s adventure park and big lawn areas to promote family fun and event.

The venue would also have a restaurant offering breakfast and lunch services.

On behalf of concerned residents the town planner said the noise from such a development would have to include music and potentially live bands from up to 7am to late on Saturday and Sunday and 11am to late on Thursday and Friday.

“Additionally there would be the noise of vehicles and delivery vehicles arriving and departing during the day and in particular after hours i.e. till “late”,’’ he said.

“West Swan Rd has become extremely busy since development at The Vines, Avonlea, Aveley and Ellenbrook and at certain times during the day there is a gridlock.

“Adding the introduction of potentially 92 vehicles and two buses is without doubt going to have a major adverse effect in the immediate vicinity.

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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