Comments wanted for Bassendean Oval development

Cr John Gangell (Mayor of Town of Bassendean), Hon John Day MLA (Minister for Planning; Culture and the Arts) and Tom Bottrell (CEO Swan Districts Football Club) at the Bassendean development announcement.
Cr John Gangell (Mayor of Town of Bassendean), Hon John Day MLA (Minister for Planning; Culture and the Arts) and Tom Bottrell (CEO Swan Districts Football Club) at the Bassendean development announcement.

PLANNING Minister John Day is confident Bassendean residents will support apartment buildings as part of the redevelopment of land near the oval.

Mr Day last week announced the project was open to public comment and invited residents to have their say.

About 11ha of land on two sites near the Bassendean and Success Hill train stations were identified for development, which is envisaged to include commercial, retail and residential.

Bassendean Oval could be opened up to the community for public open space while also remaining as an active sporting facility managed by the Swan Districts Football Club.

The long-gestating project raised concerns from Surrey Street residents in 2011 about loss of amenity.

Surrey Street resident Sarah Beveridge-Pearce said there was lack of community consultation at the time and she was concerned about apartments being built near Bassendean Oval.

Eastern Reporter readers already started leaving their feedback on Facebook.

Steven Pitcher said: “Leave it the way it is; a lot of history will be lost.”

Alex Young said he wanted to see more small bars and cafes.

“Some more apartments also no doubt, problem is though, we are getting higher density living which enables business to flourish but there is no investment in more trains,” Mr Young said.

Mr Day said train station upgrades were not part of the project.

He also said residents would be more accepting of apartments in that pocket of Bassendean around the oval.

“We will see what the community feedback is but seeing as there is now substantial development in Bassendean, I would expect there would be a degree of community acceptance about that,” Mr Day said.

“There’s certainly no intention for genuine high-rise buildings anything above 10 storeys or so. I think up to about five levels or so is not particularly remarkable these days in an area where there’s quite a bit of open space near public transport.”

Bassendean Mayor John Gangell urged people to buy in Bassendean now to beat a housing price surge.

“It’s wonderful to be able to go to our community, work with our community, for our community,” Cr Gangell said.

“We will be the cornerstone of the eastern region, we will be a landmark project in Bassendean.

“Quite clearly if you don’t have a block of land in Bassendean now, I suggest you buy very, very quickly because land will get much more expensive.”

Residents have until December 18 to leave their feedback.

Go to www.landcorp.com.au/Bassendean

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