School hous­ing in site

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

AS many as 800 peo­ple could soon call the former Hamilton Se­nior High School site home af­ter Cock­burn coun­cil­lors ap­proved a Land­corp struc­ture plan for the area.

At their De­cem­ber 13 meet­ing, coun­cil­lors agreed to send the pro­posed struc­ture plan to the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion with a rec­om­men­da­tion to ap­prove it, al­beit with mod­i­fi­ca­tions re­lat­ing to is­sues such as traf­fic and pedes­trian move­ment, tree re­ten­tion, and bet­ter ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity for rub­bish and re­cy­cling trucks.

As well as in­cor­po­rat­ing as many as 227 sep­a­rate lots, the struc­ture plan also in­cludes two mixed-use sites with po­ten­tial for a small con­ve­nience store or cafe, as well as pub­lic open space.

Cock­burn plan­ning and devel­op­ment ser­vices di­rec­tor Daniel Arndt said the former high school site was an ideal place for the new res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment.

“In terms of ur­ban land uses, given the lo­ca­tion of the sub­ject site, res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment is con­sid­ered to be the high­est and best use of the site, sup­ported by an ap­pro­pri­ate range of pub­lic open space and mixed-use sites for ex­ist­ing and fu­ture res­i­dents,” he said.

Mr Arndt said the coun­cil re­port out­lined the ar­eas of con­cern and rec­om­mended mod­i­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing a new pub­lic open space link to re­tain the highly val­ued tu­art tree ad­ja­cent to Purvis Street.

He said con­struc­tion could start in the first half of 2020.

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