Embleton: Neglected portion of Wotton Reserve could be rezoned for community or business

A 'derelict' area of Wotton Reserve in Embleton that could be rezoned.
A 'derelict' area of Wotton Reserve in Embleton that could be rezoned.

A “DERELICT” pocket area of Wotton Reserve in Embleton could be rezoned from public open space to special purpose for community or business use.

Bayswater Council voted 8-1 to approve the proposed amendment to Town Planning Scheme 24 to rezone Lot 1, 60 Embleton Avenue, from public open space to special purpose at the October 9 committee meeting.

Permitted uses include public recreation, community purpose and light industry.

The WA Planning Commission will make the final decision.

Wotton Reserve is home to the Morley Windmills Soccer Club, a petanque (bocce) club and a skate park.

According to the officer’s report, the area did not contribute to the amenity or use of the park.

Councillor Sally Palmer said the land was “forgotten” and “unused” and would benefit the City if it was put to good use.

“You can’t have a picnic on there, the children don’t go anywhere near it,” she said.

“I think allowing that to be leased and making that little parcel alive by making it investment, I think that is the way to go.”

Cr Catherine Ehrhardt, who voted against, was not supportive of converting the zoning for public open space and leasing the area.

Mayor Dan Bull said while his approach to open space was the same as Cr Ehrhardt’s, the site provided minimal purpose as public open space.