Stogy stoush

PLANS for a cigar lounge opposite the Inglewood Civic Hotel are hanging in the balance with Stirling council’s planners concerned smoke could billow into a neighbouring house.

Michael Dryka Architects have applied to redevelop the disused car yard on the corner of Nelson and Beaufort Streets into a restaurant/cafe, a cigar lounge for up to 50 customers open 4pm-12am, and a shop.

The lounge is connected to a rear courtyard, and city staff are concerned the smoke could drift onto the house next door, which is only 1.5m away.

“The Cigar Lounge proposes to have an open style smoking area which is external to the lounge, located to the rear of the site and abuts a residential property,” city staff reported.

“The smoking area is considered to have a detrimental impact on the existing residential

amenity of adjoining properties due to an increase in noise and odours which would emanate from the smoking area which will be located 1.5m away from the adjoining residential boundary of House Number 3, Nelson Street.”

The city received 17 submissions during its 35-day public consultation period, with three supporting the proposed development and 14 against.

The majority of opposition was about the cigar lounge, with people concerned about smoke and that the lounge wasn’t “family friendly”, only appealing to a small number of stogy-lovers.

The single-storey development would also include an alfresco dining area, five on-site parking bays and four mature trees.

City officers recommended the change of use application be refused, stating the proposed design didn’t comply with the city’s Beaufort Street Local Development Plan, and there was a two-bay parking shortfall.

The site is located within Stirling’s Heritage Protection Area Special Control area.

Councillors will have the final say on the proposed development at the July 2 council meeting.   

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