ARMY RULES RE­STRICT PRI­VATE DEVEL­OP­MENT

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

PLANS show civil­ians living just 200m from the SAS’s Camp­bell Bar­racks and their homes will have mil­i­tary-in­flu­enced de­sign rules be­cause of se­cu­rity con­cerns, if the bar­rack’s Seaward Vil­lage is re­de­vel­oped in Swan­bourne.

“But we would have a high con­trol on what gets built, and it could be af­fected by the se­cu­rity re­view now be­ing con­ducted by the Depart­ment of De­fence,” De­fence Hous­ing Australia (DHA) re­gional devel­op­ment manager James Wal­lace said.

The re­view is due on June 30, af­ter which De­fence will have fi­nal say on any prospec­tive buy­ers’ re­quests to lift de­sign guide­lines or covenants. The sale of the land could raise $100 mil­lion for the $165 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment pro­posed for 2022 com­ple­tion.

“The prices we get de­pend on what the covenant is, depend­ing on the re­view from DoD,” DHA devel­op­ment pro­gram manager Tom Cum­mings said, when asked why peo­ple would pay mar­ket prices for land with limited ar­chi­tec­tural po­ten­tial.

Mr Cum­mings said the sale was nec­es­sary be­cause new de­fence houses’ costs were “as­tro­nom­i­cal”, and while DHA was a profit-mak­ing en­ter­prise, “that doesn’t mean all projects are prof­it­mak­ing”.

DHA draft frame­work plans used at a brief­ing last week show the south­ern half of the 22ha vil­lage pro­vid­ing 5.2ha of civil­ian lots, a road con­nect­ing civil­ians to 165 new de­fence homes and a con­cept with lots near the Seaward Av­enue-Coast Rise round­about, about 200m from a bar­racks’ gate.

DHA prop­erty plan­ning manager John Di­etz said the re­de­vel­op­ment was to pro­vide uni­form de­fence hous­ing across Australia and stop vary­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion stan­dards caus­ing peo­ple to leave the armed forces.

Af­ter re­cent ratepayer and Ned­lands Coun­cil con­cern about the re­de­vel­op­ment, DHA now pro­poses 4-5 months of public con­sul­ta­tion af­ter about 100 ratepay­ers at­tended a brief­ing at As­so­ciates Rugby Union Foot­ball Clublast Wed­nes­day.

Sayer Street In­ter­est Group (SSIG) spokesman Sam Van­don­gren said most left “dis­ap­pointed”, and DHA made it “quite clear” it did not con­sider keep­ing the quiet amenity of neigh­bour­ing streets dur­ing con­struc­tion as be­ing im­por­tant.

Ned­lands Mayor Max Hip­kins said he heard noth­ing at the brief­ing that al­le­vi­ated his coun­cil’s con­cerns.

SSIG mem­bers, led by Sam Van­don­gren (right), op­pose the re­de­vel­op­ment.

Al­ter­na­tive plans have civil­ians 200m from bar­racks.

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