Plan for air­port land nears take off

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Joel Kelly

A PLAN­NING vi­sion for land sur­round­ing the fu­ture Air­port West train sta­tion cleared a key plan­ning hur­dle last week when it re­ceived City of Bel­mont coun­cil ap­proval.

Con­struc­tion of the For­rest­field-Air­port Link is likely to start in 2017 with the first pas­sen­ger train pulling into Air­port West by 2020.

The area around the sta­tion, la­belled de­vel­op­ment area six (DA6), has been flagged for high-den­sity de­vel­op­ment and will even­tu­ally ac­com­mo­date about 3500 dwellings and a pop­u­la­tion of about 6000.

The ap­proval of the vi­sion plan and im­ple­men­ta­tion strat­egy for DA6 scraped through with five votes against four, mean­ing the plan can now move to the struc­ture plan­ning stage.

De­tails of a de­vel­oper con­tri­bu­tion plan to fund im­prove­ments to in­fra­struc­ture works will also be dis­cussed dur­ing the next stage.

At coun­cil, de­bate fo­cussed on the is­sues raised dur­ing the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod, in par­tic­u­lar the im­pact of clos­ing Brear­ley Av­enue and pro­vi­sion of pub­lic open space.

An al­ter­na­tive mo­tion to de­fer ap­proval so an­other com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sion could be held and more in­for­ma­tion sought from the Trans­port Min­is­ter was voted down four votes to five.

Cr Pa­trick Gard­ner said he had con­cerns the clo­sure of Brear­ley Av­enue, com­bined with the pop­u­la­tion in­crease, would fun­nel more traf­fic through Se­cond Street and Stan­ton Road.

Landowner in the af­fected area Diane Mossen­son said the plan lacked de­tail around traf­fic flow and pub­lic open space.

“How can they put this for­ward with so many in­con­gruities, vague­ness, gen­er­al­i­ties as­sump­tions,” she said.

“We haven’t seen any com­par­a­tive traf­fic modelling with Brear­ley Av­enue open and Brear­ley Av­enue closed be­cause there isn’t any. It means for that whole area there’s just one en­try and exit point.”

Dr Mossen­son’s sen­ti­ments were echoed by Cool­gar­die Av­enue res­i­dent Richard Foster who said Brear­ley Av­enue had to be kept open in at least some ca­pac­ity.

“With a pop­u­la­tion in­crease in the area, ac­cess to the sub­urb from Great East­ern High­way is lim­ited to one set of traf­fic lights at Cool­gar­die Av­enue for right turn ac­cess and a few left turn slip roads,” Mr Foster said.

The draft DA6 plan states the res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity “gains sig­nif­i­cantly” from the re­moval of Brear­ley Av­enue, cit­ing it had di­vided the neigh­bour­hood for over 50 years.

Bel­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Cole said he ex­pected a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for Air­port West train sta­tion to reach coun­cil soon.

Coun­cil will pro­vide a rec­om­men­da­tion on the ap­pli­ca­tion to the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion who will make the fi­nal de­ci­sion.

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