Higher density and more greenery for Meltham surrounds

Meltham station precinct. Picture: City of Bayswater.
Meltham station precinct. Picture: City of Bayswater.

MORE shops and trees and a new name could help transform an area near Meltham train station.

The City of Bayswater plans to release a proposed planning scheme amendment for the area within 700m of the station for public advertising.

More than 1000 people have been consulted through surveys, workshops and letters about what development they wanted outside the area covered by developer Pindan’s structure plan.

A community panel formed recommendations to the City.

The City’s Meltham Surrounds plan includes rezoned precincts with density codes of R60 within a 10-minute walk from the station and R80 for areas near parks, along with the Garratt Road precinct and mixed use precinct.

It aims to establish better meeting spaces for the community, preserve trees and improve landscaping, make shops more viable, increase use of parks and create more housing diversity.

The boundaries of the proposal.

City officers are also investigating the possibility of creating a formal suburb named Meltham.

Bayswater resident and panel member Rebecca Travaglione said the panel meetings and workshops were productive.

“I just think it (Meltham) is a great location and it has got everything that supports a medium-level density increase within a five-minute walk from the train station, five-minute walk from the shops and a 20-minute ride to the city,” she said.

“That is why I chose to be a resident there. It is a positive step… a few changes need to be made but we will work through that.”

The City is planning to host information sessions to consult with the people affected by the changes.

The scheme amendment will go back to the council after advertising closes.

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