Flexibility the key

A PILATES studio in Maylands has been one of the first small businesses to benefit from Bayswater council’s red tape war.

Under Bayswater’s new rules, which are designed to tackle high shop vacancies, cafes, pop-up shops, galleries and even community markets can operate for up to six months without requiring planning approval. 

Pilates with Bec moved into the vacant shopfront at 67 Eighth Avenue and now has a permanent lease. 

• A quick test of a shop in Eighth Avenue convinced Bec it would be perfect for her pilates studio, so she signed a permanent lease.

Council CEO Andrew Brien says the relaxed rules help entrepreneurs and landlords. 

“Budding entrepreneurs may want to take the opportunity to try out a new business idea without committing to a long-term lease while shoppers are treated to a new experience – it really is a win-win situation. 

“Pushing the requirement for planning approval out to six months will also take the pressure off landlords who are often out of pocket during the hunt for a new tenant. 

“Pilates with Bec in Maylands is a wonderful example of how cutting red tape has resulted in a positive outcome for the local business, landlord and the community.” 

The city has also allowed alfresco dining without an application, and made it easier for businesses to install parklets and planter boxes.

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