A COMMUNITY group has welcomed the State Government’s takeover of planning for the Bayswater station precinct.
The State Government announced the inclusion of Bayswater, Forrestfield and Midland station precincts in the Metronet East Redevelopment Area, as part of the construction of the Morley-Ellenbrook train line.
All development applications in the precincts will be considered by the State Government, while local governments will still consider developments outside of the areas.
In a statement, Future Bayswater members stated their support for a properly resourced and integrated planning process which was essential for the town centre that was in need for revitalisation.
The group said the decision ensured a “cohesive approach” to urban and transport planning, investment and job creation in the local area, identified the most appropriate regeneration area and provided an opportunity for an “intensity of development” in close proximity to the station and town centre.
Chair Paul Shanahan said the group believed there was community support for the decision.
“Future Bayswater and its local community members are committed to working with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority to help to create a vibrant, prosperous and welcoming place for current and future generations,” he said.
“Realising the full Metronet vision to accompany the $147 million investment in the Bayswater train station is a huge project that would be beyond most local governments.
“So, we welcome the State’s investment and expertise in this strategic hub.
“Future Bayswater has been advocating for this takeover for a couple of years and, as we have in the past, fully intend to be ‘at the table’ for the many conversations with the MRA that will occur in the future.”