ALH Group has had plans to revamp the Como Hotel for the better part of a decade.Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

SAT sides with Como Hotel developer

Woolworths subsidiary ALH Group has had a win in the State Administrative Tribunal this week over its plans to develop a Dan Murphy's liquor store as part of its Como Hotel redevelopment, following a multi-year saga involving liquor licensing and the City of South Perth.


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Great news, sanity prevails. As far as the actions of the City of South Perth go, this is very much typical behaviour for them. The vested interests of a vocal minority are always put ahead of the wider public good.

Why are developers considered to be more important than ratepayers?

West Perth
I'm not sure where it said anywhere that developers are more important than ratepayers. The planning system works on the basis of outcomes for the society as a whole, not just a few local residents who say 'not in my backyard'. Just because a project is approved doesn't mean it's favoured the developer over a few ratepayers. It simply means that overall the outcome is worthwhile for the wider community. In addition, there is such a thing as property rights (which we seem to have lost sense of). An owner has the right to develop a property within the planning framework.

Manning WA
"ALH Group has had plans to revamp the Como Hotel for the better part of a decade." "It is common ground ¬ and plainly the case ¬ that ALH has not sought to 'warehouse' the development approval" (of 17 April 2015). On the CBRE website, there were two references to the Como Hotel which seem to indicate that it was put up for sale in July 2015. The first dated 14/7/2015 has a sales price of $19,200,000 (part of a long list of hotels up for sale) and the second dated 16/7/2015 has Como Hotel (Leased Investment) $18,235,000 with the name Ryan McGinnity(as at 29 Nov 2017). "You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." (Abraham Lincoln).

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