City pushes As­cot plan

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Bron­wyn Dono­van

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”.

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