Rail key to village life
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.