Metronet’s planning control area for Bayswater train station sparks concerns

Bayswater train station picture: David Baylis.
Bayswater train station picture: David Baylis.

BAYSWATER Council wants its views heard on the future development of the Bayswater train station precinct.

It follows Metronet asking the council to comment on its proposed Planning Control Area (PCA) for the precinct.

The proposal is part of the train station upgrade, with construction expected to start this year.

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The proposed Planning Control Area.

 

Developments will reflect the State Government’s priorities for infrastructure such as bus interchanges, car parking, access roads, road works, pedestrian pathways and public spaces.

The proposed area extends along the railway reserve to make way for an underpass near the intersection of Whatley Crescent and Leake Street and down to Olfe Street.

Halliday Park and Bert Wright Park have also been included but Metronet informed City officers they could be taken out.

The WA Planning Commission will consider the proposal at its March 27 meeting.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti will make the final decision.

If approved, the WAPC can approve all development works instead of the City of Bayswater or the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel.

Councillors concerned over consultation

At last night’s council meeting, the council endorsed comments which will be forwarded to Metronet.

Comments include to minimise the impact on private properties, limit development to infrastructure works, for the WAPC to advertise development applications for public comment and for Metronet to urgently inform affected property owners.

The council also wanted to ensure any development applications would be assessed in accordance to the City’s town planning scheme No.24 and relevant planning policies and for Metronet to work with officers on design processes.

An artist impression of the upgraded Bayswater train station, looking from King William Street.

Bayswater resident Greg Smith, who lives in the proposed boundary, questioned why he was not informed about the proposal before the meeting.

Mayor Dan Bull said the council was advised of the proposal last week, so the City did not have time to consult affected landowners before the meeting.

“I think it is excellent that Metronet are going above and beyond what they would ordinarily do in terms of consultation in our area but we also know that the Bayswater town site is one of the most heavily contested pieces of dirt in the metro area,” he said.

“I also am concerned about consultation not being done by the City of Bayswater.

“More often than not, when people complain to me about consultation process, it has been that the City of Bayswater has not been in control of that consultation process.

“I encourage Metronet to continue that approach, even though there is no statutory requirement under the legislation for consultation to be undertaken in relation to the planning control area.”

Cr Bull said he hoped the WAPC would “do the right thing” given previous experiences where the commission disregarded the City’s town planning scheme.

Cr Lorna Clarke said she hoped Metronet would further consult the community and accept feedback.

“I am not supporting a State takeover of our powers in this area,” she said.

“I am resigned to the fact that this is happening, there is nothing we can do.”

According to an officer’s report, Metronet intended to submit the final works development applications in May.

UPDATE 14/03/19 11.40am:

A Metronet spokeswoman said planning control areas were declared under the Planning and Development Act 2005 where the WAPC considered land required for the planning and delivery of infrastructure.

“PCA’s are in place for Forrestfield and Redcliffe Stations as part of the Forrestfield-Airport Link project, and are proposed to be declared for future Metronet stations,” she said.

“Metronet has discussed the proposed Bayswater station PCA with the City of Bayswater, and is awaiting a formal response from the March 12 council meeting before seeking the approval of the WAPC and Minister for Planning to declare the PCA.

“As the matter is yet to be considered by the WAPC, Metronet cannot comment on the specifics of the Bayswater PCA.

“However, in all cases Metronet seeks to limit the impact on private properties and would notify any affected landowners.”