A DOGGY daycare in the West Perth scout hall has been rejected again by Perth council commissioners, despite warnings from staff the decision could be overturned on appeal and the city hit with legal costs.
Commissioners Andrew Hammond and Gaye McMath first rejected the Madame Ma’s Doggie Daycare application for a change-of-use for 581 Murray Street on April 30.
Council planning staff said the proposal met all requirements, but it was rejected over fears the dogs would be too noisy for nearby apartment residents who’d submitted a list of concerns (including that a dog centre there would hurt property values).
Applicant Marian Gorman appealed to the State Administrative Tribunal which told the council to rethink its decision, while Ms Gorman provided more information about sound-proofing the luxury pooch centre.
City staff recommended commissioners approve it a second time round, citing a legal precedent of a similar case in Belmont where the dog centre won on appeal.
The SAT could also reject strict conditions the city wanted to impose, they warned.
Ahead of voting commissioners heard a lengthy deputation against the daycare centre from Alice Brown, strata chair and resident from the nearby “Iceworks” apartment at 611 Murray Street. Her concerns included noise, odour, and having more traffic of up to 60 dog owners dropping off their animals.
But it was the noise that remained the commissioners’ biggest concern.
“I do not believe that the extra information that was provided, and the extra actions contained therein, they did not give me enough confidence to think that there was not going to be a future noise problem and an inappropriate impact on the amenity of that surrounding area,” Comsr Hammond said
Ms Gorman, having already spent tens of thousands on a fit out and acoustics report, is taking it back to the SAT for a second time.
by DAVID BELL