Former Spearwood police station land to be rezoned for housing

The 2500sqm lot on the corner of Rockingham Road and Newton Street will be used for housing.
The 2500sqm lot on the corner of Rockingham Road and Newton Street will be used for housing.

LAND that housed a now-closed police station in Spearwood will be rezoned for housing, with the City of Cockburn starting the process last week.

The former Cockburn police station on the corner of Rockingham Road and Newton Street shut in October when officers moved to the $21 million purpose-built police hub in Cockburn Central.

Cockburn councillors voted unanimously on Thursday night to initiate a scheme amendment that would reclassify the 2500sq m lot to residential zoning with an R40 density code.

“The proposed R40 coding at the subject land reflects the existing R40 coding of lots on the northern side of Newton Street and results in a consistent built form on either side of Newton Street, fronting Rockingham Road,” an officer’s report to councillors said.

The report said the land’s proximity to Rockingham Road, public transport, community facilities, primary schools and Stargate Shopping Centre also added to the belief an “R40 coding of the subject land is appropriate”.

The proposal will be advertised for public consultation for 42 days.