Apprehension greets plan
IT’S a plan that’s been evolving for at least 15 years, with false starts and endless discussion and planning, but now that the Victoria Park council has finally put its business case for the East Victoria Park Town Centre Redevelopment Plan into motion, locals have cold feet.
The Gazette reported the Town’s latest approach for the project – a partnership with LandCorp – last September and the council first advertised its vision for the 5.7ha site for public comment on December 20, 2014, with responses due by this Friday.
Last week State Street resident of 30 years, Terry McKeown, said there was a “growing groundswell of concern” among the community regarding the proposed development and the “seeming lack of detail provided” with many only recently learning of the proposal via social media.
He has called on the Town to hold an urgent open meeting with the community and LandCorp representatives to explain the plan, which includes 1100 new homes, most of them apartments.
“My concerns are far more than just the (John MacMillan) park and the old fig trees,” Mr McKeown said.
“There are all the questions around the details not covered by the Town’s business plan such as traffic, parking, height of the proposed development along with replacement of lost open space