Bassendean concrete batching plant not set just yet

Bassendean concrete batching plant not set just yet

AMID residents’ concerns about a proposed concrete batching plant in Collier Road, Bayswater, the Town of Bassendean is considering an application for a similar plant about 1km away.

The Bassendean mobile concrete batching plant is proposed for Clune Street.

An application submitted by town planning business Rowe Group at the end of 2015 has been released for public comment on the Town’s website.

Mayor John Gangell said Clune Street bordered the Town of Bassendean and City of Bayswater.

“The road itself that accesses the plant is in the City of Bayswater,” Cr Gangell said.

“The Town is in contact with the respective engineers and planning officers from the City of Bayswater in relation to the proposal.”

Cr Gangell said the application was deemed a refusal by the council because it failed to assess the project within the required timeframe and instead the matter went before the State Administrative Tribunal.

“Subsequently, it has come back to let them go before the council and we took it to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), wanting their assessment,” he said.

Cr Gangell said there were no requirements for it to be advertised for public comment but the Town initiated it “for the sake of transparency”.

He said the Town could not comment on whether it supported the proposal at this stage.

One of the landowners of the Clune Street site, Sam Mangoine, said he approved of the Bassendean proposal.

“They have approached me to build a state-of-the-art batching plant,” Mr Mangoine said.

“I think they have shortlisted about six sites and we were a lucky candidate to achieve a tentative site.”

Rowe Group did not respond to questions before deadline.

Cr Gangell said he was aware of the “perceived environmental impacts” of the proposed Bayswater batching plant and public resistance surrounding the project.

A petition was tabled at Parliament last week signed by more than 350 residents, calling on the Environment Minister to direct the EPA to do a full assessment of the proposed Bayswater plant.