Council, residents unhappy with village process
NEDLANDS councillors object to Defence Housing Australia (DHA) not putting them fully in the planning loop for the proposed redevelopment of the SAS’ Seaward Village at Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne.
At last week’s meeting, councillors decided to object to the DVA going to the WA Planning Commission for approval to demolish and redevelop the village, instead of a scheme amendment and development application using the council’s town planning scheme.
“We want council formally involved, and DHA will have to decide whether they want to go down that path with us, or with the State Government,” Mayor Max Hipkins said.
DVA proposes to demolish 154 soldiers’ homes, sell a quarter of the security sensitive site for civilian housing and build 165 new houses for defence personnel on the remaining land.
After lobbying by residents’ groups supporting their defence neighbours, councillors decided to ask DVA to include the council in a Project Steering Group.
Council will lobby politicians, request construction trucks go through the barracks and not residential streets and ensure bush is protected and there are more parks from the development.