Rail key to vil­lage life

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Jon Bas­sett

SWANBOURNE Vil­lage could be­come a small pub­lic trans­port-ori­ented de­vel­op­ment (TOD), with a max­i­mum of 50 homes in build­ings up to four storeys high.

The pro­posal is part of a draft study out for pub­lic com­ment un­til Jan­uary at the Town of Clare­mont.

“The pro­posed built forms re­spond to the height of the ad­ja­cent The Beau­mont re­tire­ment vil­lage (three-four storeys) to the west along Clare­mont Cres­cent, and ris­ing in to­pog­ra­phy from the in­ter­sec­tion of Clare­mont Cres­cent and Franklin Street at the rear of the shops (park­ing area) fac­ing Sal­adin Street,” ac­cord­ing to a coun­cil re­port.

How­ever, the coun­cil’s 2013 Draft Hous­ing Ca­pac­ity Study re­jected us­ing the vil­lage be­cause of a lim­ited po­ten­tial for new homes, and her­itage con­cerns.

“Time has moved on, and peo­ple un­der­stand you need to in­crease den­sity around train sta­tions,” Mayor Jock Barker said.

The vi­brant shop­ping strip zoned R20 has 10 prop­er­ties on the coun­cil’s her­itage list but it has to find 1300 new homes in the State Gov­ern­ment’s Di­rec­tions 2031 plan­ning pol­icy.

Some Swanbourne prop­erty own­ers have asked if the mini-tod could be cre­ated and Main Roads wants to build a bridge be­tween the vil­lage and its south­ern side in Cottes­loe in 2019.

In 2017, the coun­cil asked con­sul­tants Game Plan­ning Aus­tralia to de­velop the draft Swanbourne Lo­cal Cen­tre Plan­ning Study af­ter seek­ing res­i­dents’ opin­ions on rep­re­sen­ta­tions of un­der and over-de­vel­op­ment of the vil­lage to gauge what was ac­cept­able.

The draft’s rec­om­men­da­tions in­clude pro­tect­ing the streetscape with new de­vel­op­ments set back from her­itage fa­cades, con­vert­ing Rob Roy Lane into a small plaza, two storeys on ad­ja­cent Rob Roy Street and main­tain­ing the nearby carpark.

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