Southern Cross Care’s plans to create an aged care facility at the old Kaleeya Hospital have potentially hit a stumbling block, with the proposal considered to be against Town of East Fremantle planning guidelines.
The aged care provider purchased the hospital in late 2014, in a $17.5 million deal that kicked off the state government’s asset sales program.
Southern Cross Care subsequently lodged a planning application to convert the hospital, which was considered surplus to the government’s requirements following the opening of Fiona Stanley Hospital, into a 68-bed aged care facility.
The facility is also proposed to include a medical centre, a physiotherapy centre and a wellness therapy centre, along with a pharmacy and a cafe.
However, the Town of East Fremantle has recommended the $8 million redevelopment of the hospital to be rejected by the metropolitan south west development assessment panel when it meets next week.
The reason for the recommendation for planning refusal, according to DAP agenda documents, is that the land is zoned only for hospital use and the proposed new uses cannot be approved under the Town of East Fremantle’s town planning scheme.
While the aged care component of the proposal can be considered as a hospital use, the proposed medical centre, physiotherapist and wellness facilities, as well as the pharmacy and cafe, are not considered to be consistent with the planning rules.
The DAP will assess the proposal on April 7.