Rockingham councillors have again knocked back plans for the development of a Hindu temple in Baldivis. Councillors voted unanimously against the project at last week’s meeting. This is the third time the application has been brought before the council. The original application was lodged in December 2021, with the applicant Archetype Design Studio seeking approval to use land at Lot 53 (no. 67) Folly Road Baldivis for a “place of worship”. The application received immense backlash from residents and councillors alike, with many claiming a development of this kind would not align with the characteristics and features of the “rural area and surrounds”. In July 2022, amended plans were submitted to address some of the concerns raised about the proposal. They included an acoustic barrier to mitigate nose, address the city’s rural land strategy and the size and scale of the building. Despite the applicant’s efforts, the proposal was rejected by the Joint Development Assessment Panel, with the application now being appealed. The applicant has since pursued advice from legal representatives to assist with the matter. Their application included a covering letter from Moharich & More Planning Lawyers that quoted case law related to “freedom to exercise religious beliefs”, “operational peaks” and “expectations of amenity in rural locations”. All other aspects of the application remain the same as previously presented to the council in July 2022. Cr Lorna Buchan said although there had been a few “minimal” changes to the previous application, it wasn’t enough to change the council’s position. The matter will go back to the JDAP on Thursday for reconsideration.