High-den­sity anx­i­ety


The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

UP­PER Swan residents are con­cerned plans for a high-den­sity hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in their “quiet” neigh­bour­hood will be a risk to “pub­lic safety”.

The residents, who have all lived in the area for more than 30 years, said the pro­posal for an es­ti­mated 1646 res­i­den­tial lots be­tween R10 and R60 den­si­ties, a pri­mary school, shop­ping fa­cil­i­ties, an oval and parks to be built on Rail­way Pa­rade, Ap­ple Street, Or­ange Av­enue and Rose Street in Up­per Swan would di­rectly af­fect cur­rent residents.

City of Swan coun­cil­lors rec­om­mended in a coun­cil meet­ing last week that the WAPC not ap­prove the pro­posal un­til changes could be made to the struc­ture plan.

Anne Macpher­son said the area could not man­age with the level of traf­fic the pro­posal would cre­ate.

“The amount of traf­fic this will cre­ate will be a pub­lic safety is­sue,” she said.

“The den­sity of hous­ing will not blend with the cur­rent area’s ru­ral land­scape.”

Ann Whinch­ester said the risk to lives in a bush­fire was a serious con­cern un­der the pro­posal.

“There are three ex­its north out of the sub­di­vi­sion, ac­cord­ing to the struc­ture plan. What hap­pens in the case of a bush­fire, with around 2000 peo­ple try­ing to evac­u­ate?” she said.

Keith Gillinder, an­other res­i­dent, said traf­fic would be a night­mare if the pro­posal went ahead, with traf­fic com­ing down his drive­way.

“Anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and crime will be an is­sue when this de­vel­op­ment gets un­der­way, not to men­tion for 10 years we’ll have to deal with dust, noise and rub­bish while it’s be­ing built,” he said.

Peggy and Gor­don Col­lyer moved to Up­per Swan in 1974 af­ter mov­ing from Eng­land. Mrs Col­lyer said the area had been a “peace­ful” place to live.

“We are in our late 70s and we wanted to live our life in peace, but what do we do now?” she said.

“Our lives here are go­ing to change dra­mat­i­cally. We moved here be­cause this is what we wanted and we never thought of mov­ing un­til now.”

The struc­ture plan re­ceived 49 ob­jec­tions out of a to­tal of 60 sub­mis­sions.

Ac­cord­ing to a City of Swan re­port, Main Roads WA, the Depart­ment of Trans­port (in­clud­ing com­ments from the Pub­lic Trans­port Author­ity), Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices and Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife made sub­mis­sions and all raised con­cerns with the pro­posal.

Sat­ter­ley gen­eral man­ager for de­vel­op­ment Kim Lawrance said a de­tailed traf­fic im­pact as­sess­ment had been car­ried out and showed the ex­ist­ing and fu­ture road net­work could ac­com­mo­date project traf­fic.

“The main en­try point in and out of the es­tate will be Ap­ple Street and Great North­ern High­way and the traf­fic im­pact as­sess­ment has shown that the in­ter­sec­tion will need to be up­graded to cater for ad­di­tional traf­fic move­ments,” he said.

“A bush­fire man­age­ment plan has been com­pleted as part of the lo­cal struc­ture plan process. The plan has shown that fire risk and the is­sue of evac­u­a­tion can be ap­pro­pri­ately man­aged.”

Mr Lawrance said there would be “enor­mous” ben­e­fits to the new com­mu­nity, with play­grounds, walk­ing trails, schools and a shop.

But Ms Whinch­ester said the de­vel­op­ment would have no ben­e­fit to cur­rent residents.

“We won’t have ac­cess to gas or the NBN and we don’t need a school or an oval – we need an aged care fa­cil­ity,” she said.

“I think the fact there is a pro­posed round­about for Great North­ern High­way, which is a main high­way ser­vic­ing road trains, is ridicu­lous and an­other safety con­cern,” she said.

Mr Lawrance said the de­sign of the in­ter­sec­tion would be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of Main Roads.

A Main Roads WA spokes­woman said: “Main Roads ac­knowl­edges the con­cerns re­gard­ing ad­di­tional traf­fic de­mands that this area will gen­er­ate.

“But it should also be ac­knowl­edged that the NorthLink WA project will re­move a sig­nif­i­cant vol­ume of traf­fic from this sec­tion of Great North­ern High­way.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d466750

Up­per Swan residents against the hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.

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