Woolies appeals tavern rejection

Woolworths is appealing the rejection of its $3.5 million plans to redevelop the Peninsula Tavern in Maylands.

The Bayswater development assessment panel this year knocked back the makeover on planning grounds, including non-compliant building setbacks. Woolies will now appeal that ruling to the unelected but powerful state administrative tribunal. The application for the Railway Parade pub and bottleshop includes a 743sqm Dan Murphy’s outlet, courtyards and family-style bistro, 123 car bays and two-storey offices above the liquor store.

The bottleshop element of the application proved unpopular with Bayswater city council and the Maylands Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association, which say access to cheap grog contributes to anti-social problems.

Maylands Labor MP Lisa Baker is planning to forward a written submission to SAT opposing the bottleshop element: “I am keen to support my community in their opposition to a ‘destination liquor outlet’ for the site,” she told the Voice.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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