‘Bog standard’ $3.7M intergenerational facility in Perth sent back to applicant

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A bid to build an independent retirement living home next to a two-storey early learning child care centre in Mt Claremont, 9km west of Perth’s CBD, has been sent back to the applicant.

Land owner Powerstar wants to spend $3.7 million constructing six independent living or dependent persons homes next to the child care centre.

The six residential homes – all one-storey with three bedrooms and two bathrooms with an outdoor living area – will be restricted for use by those aged over 55 or who have a disability requiring special accommodation for independent living or special care.

When the proposed development was put to City of Nedlands councillors at a committee meeting on 27 July, it was suggested more space could be added before it went to the full council meeting for a final decision. The plan though was withdrawn but resubmitted at a special council meeting on Tuesday with no significant changes made.

Council agreed to recommend Metro Inner North Joint Development Assessment Panel members defer considering the plans until Federal environment approval is granted so existing vegetation on site can be assessed for “national significance”.

“I’m not against the idea of having a childcare centre and aged care centre next to each other but I’m against the way it’s been developed – it’s a bog-standard, generic plan that’s just been plonked on site without any consideration to the site or design,” said local councillor Blane Brackenridge.