Ap­pre­hen­sion greets plan

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Ascot Town Of Victoria Park - Michele Nu­gent

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

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