City pushes Ascot plan
AREAS surrounding Ascot racecourse may be set for considerable redevelopment and structural works if the City of Belmont proceeds with public consultation on its Golden Gateway draft local structure plan.
The draft plan contemplates rezoning land to accommodate up to 3000 dwellings, a local retail centre and the creation of 6900sq m open space, as well as the relocation of roads and lot boundaries.
It would “transform the degraded and fragmented area into a vibrant precinct with strengthened connections to the Swan River and Ascot Waters while respecting the area’s rich culture and heritage”.
In the City’s August council agenda, officers have recommend the council endorse the draft to be sent out for public consultation for a maximum 28 days, after which it would return to council to be considered by the WA Planning Commission.
But at a briefing session last week, Deputy Mayor Robert Rossi and Councillor Lauren Cayoun expressed concern with such significant changes proposed in the draft and said notification for comment from affected residents was not substantial enough.
A council report said “advertising would include letters being sent to residential and business landowners and occupiers who were originally consulted in 2016 during the preparation of the draft”.