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A City of Swan report says Shalom House is at odds with planning objectives but this is outweighed by the benefits the rehabilitation activities bring to the wider community.

Swan set to approve Shalom House

CITY of Swan councillors are set to approve a change of use, which will allow Shalom House to operate from Lot 1 Henley Brook, if they follow a staff recommendation.

An officer’s report presented at the city’s Wednesday, June 27 agenda forum listed the officer’s reasons for making the recommendation.

“Noting that there is limited physical development proposed under this application, city staff are satisfied that the proposed change of use will not entail noise, traffic or anti-social behaviour that would adversely affect the rural character of the area or the existing environmental characteristics of the land,’’ the report said.

“Whilst the proposed development is at odds with planning objectives 2 and 3 for Area A of the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995, on a balanced assessment this is considered to be outweighed by the benefits that the rehabilitation activities bring to the wider community.

“The proposed development is considered to provide for sufficient on-site car parking and will need to obtain approval for any additional on-site effluent disposal requirements.

“As it is within a bushfire prone area, a bushfire hazard level assessment will be required as a condition of any planning approval. “Dependent upon the findings of this assessment, further bushfire risk mitigation measures, inclusive of provision of an emergency evacuation plan may be required.’’

The officer’s recommendation said approval for the proposed change of use from grouped dwellings to community purpose (Shalom House Lot 1(No.1-3/157) Park St, Henley Brook should be subject to two conditions and some sub-conditions.

One was that the approval was personal to West Australian Shalom Group and did not run with the land.

Two the use of the land by West Australian Shalom Group for community purpose was limited with sub-conditions to apply including that rehabilitation program participants occupying the premises was limited to 35 with a minimum of three weeks for each participant.

Access and egress from the property by rehabilitation participants is to be by arrangement of West Australian Shalom Group.

“Program participants shall be provided with professional counselling, access to medical practitioners and a supervised work program by Western Australian Shalom Group,’’ the officer’s report said.

The application was last considered by the Swan Valley Planning Committee in August, 2015 where it was decided the land use for the development application was residential, not community purpose.

The committee said the Shalom House development at Lot 1 Park St, Henley Brook was not compatible with the planning objectives 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3 for Area A and the Swan Valley Interim Planning Policy and recommended the application be refused.

City of Swan councillors will vote on the item on July 4.

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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