REVISED plans for a proposed roadhouse, restaurant-tavern and tourist facilities in Caversham have been sent to the City of Swan.
If the revised plan for Lot 100 (No. 3301) West Swan Rd is adopted by the City of Swan the size of the proposed wine bar-tavern-restaurant would be reduced from 720sqm to 680sqm.
According to the proposed development applications list on the city’s website the revised plan reduces the proposed serviced apartment building from three storeys to two storeys, reducing overall height from 13.5m to 12.88m.
But the ground floor footprint would increase from 685sqm to 826sqm and the first and second floors increase from 875sqm to 1346sqm and 1360sqm respectively.
The revised proposal modifies the building design to incorporate a pitched corrugated steel roof, facebrick, metal balustrades and local natural stone in place of metal and concrete panels and frosted glass balustrades.
The closing date for submissions on this revised proposal is Friday, March 9.
Sandalford Wines chief executive officer Grant Brinklow said the proposal was not compatible with and would have a negative influence on the surrounding area so it should be rejected by the city and the East Metro JDAP.
Mr Brinklow said in about the past 20 years the Swan Valley had developed into a world class premium food and wine tourism destination based firmly on a rural heritage.
“For these reasons together with its rich history tapestry, the area is attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from interstate and overseas every year and this number is set to increase further in the years ahead,’’ he said.
“As a rural tourism destination we do not want our visitors sitting in an urban area style tavern or unnecessarily driving right past another petrol station situated on one of the key tourist arterial roads that is not in any way integrated into a viticultural or agricultural property.
“This type of development would completely dilute the currency and essence of what makes the region so unique.
“It is our absolute conviction that this development in no way at all would contribute positively to and or enhances the rural character of the Swan Valley.
“We are also firmly convinced the application clearly falls outside of the long-term vision for this area whereby tourism development should support the agricultural industry and not just take advantage of the ambience it creates.
“The site chosen is not large enough, is spread over two blocks, has no set back from West Swan Rd, doesn’t provide an adequate buffer zone and a tavern is not a ‘permitted use’ under the current Swan Valley Planning Act and the Swan Valley Interim Planning Policy.
“We are convinced this is merely another opportunist effort by an eastern states based developer attempting to profit from those surrounding businesses that do support, contribute, produce and provide the rural character.
“We add here that the application for proposed roadhouse, restaurant-tavern and tourist facilities overwhelmingly does not comply with the planning rules and policies for this location and should not be approved.’’
By Anita McInnes