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Northbridge ‘theatre’ refused

An ‘adult' theatre proposed for 91 James Street, Northbridge has been refused by council because it is contrary to the orderly planning of the locality and likely to have a detrimental impact on its amenity.

The subject building is occupied by a Chinese restaurant on the ground floor and an adult product and book store on the first floor.

However, it appears the adult theatre has already been operating for two years.

Councillor Bert Tudori said he had asked surrounding traders how disrupting the theatre had been.

“They said they didn’t even know it was running,” Mr Tudori said.

Since 1997 council has refused three applications for similar uses at the 91 James Street site including this one.

On the two other occasions the applicant has appealed to the Town Planning Appeals Tribunal and had the application upheld.

Similar applications for a performance area surrounded by viewing cubicles at 114 to 116 Barrack Street, Perth and 97a James Street, Northbridge have also been refused by council.

Appeals by the applicants were upheld in both instances.

A staff note to council said council had to take into account normal planning considerations such as amenity, traffic, parking and the like when considering applications of this nature.

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