Residential future for former Hamilton Senior High School site

The Hamilton Senior High School site could soon be home to more than 800 residents.
The Hamilton Senior High School site could soon be home to more than 800 residents.

AS many as 800 people could soon call the former Hamilton Senior High School site home after Cockburn councillors approved a Landcorp structure plan for the area.

At their December 13 meeting, councillors agreed to send the proposed structure plan to the Western Australian Planning Commission with a recommendation to approve, albeit with a number of modifications relating to issues such as traffic and pedestrian movement, tree retention and better manoeuvrability for rubbish and recycling trucks.

As well as incorporating as many as 227 separate lots, the structure plan also includes two mixed use sites with potential for a small convenience store or cafe, as well as public open space (POS).

Cockburn planning and development services director Daniel Arndt said the former high school site was an ideal place for the new residential development.

“In terms of urban land uses, given the location of the subject site, residential development is considered to be the highest and best use of the site, supported by an appropriate range of public open space and mixed use sites for existing and future residents,” he said.

“The Council report outlined the areas of concern and recommended modifications to address these, including a new POS link to retain the highly valued Tuart tree adjacent to Purvis Street, changes to residential codings to achieve a more appropriate interface with existing residential development and the requirement for the preparation, approval and implementation of a tree management plan to ensure trees can be viably retained.”

Mr Arndt said construction could start in the first half of 2020, depending on the timing of structure plan approval.