Plan to ‘future proof’ train station

A structure plan to 'future proof' a Meltham station has been drawn up.
A structure plan to 'future proof' a Meltham station has been drawn up.

A MELTHAM station precinct structure plan featuring six-storey building heights could “future-proof” the train station from closure, according to a Bayswater group.

Building and construction company Pindan contracted Planning Solutions to create the plan, aimed at encouraging higher density and mixed-use development around Meltham train station.

Pindan proposes to build 70 to 110 residential apartments on a 3503sq m Grand Promenade group of properties.

The structure plan is currently being advertised by the City of Bayswater for consideration by the council and WA Planning Commission (WAPC).

The plan sets out maximum six-storey heights either side of the train track from Salisbury Street to Grand Promenade, and Grosvenor Road past Grafton Road, with surrounding areas lowering in height to five, four, three and two storeys.

Currently heights of one and two storeys are allowed in the area.

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Last September, the Public Transport Authority (PTA) confirmed that closing “underperforming or inefficient” stations on the Midland line – including Meltham – was being considered.

Paul Shanahan, a member of the group Future Bayswater, said the plan was “exactly” what should be happening at the station.

“The population in Bayswater over time is going to go up; we think around train stations is where you should put your density,” he said. “More people around the station (means) more people are going to use it; you’re going to get a future-proofing of the Meltham station.”

Mr Shanahan said the development could be an economic driver for the area, create jobs, diversity of housing and encourage people to take the train.

“That sort of development will bring in diversity of housing, apartments that are more affordable for younger people, mixed use: retail, possibly small bars,” he said.

Pindan development management director Nick Allingame said the vision for the station was to create a “vibrant mixed use precinct” that would rejuvenate the area.

“Development will consist of high-quality, carefully planned apartments together with a mix of uses at ground level, such as coffee shops, boutique offices, convenience stores and the like,” he said.

“The response from the community and statutory authorities to date has also been very positive.”

Community consultation will be carried out until February 13. Council will make a recommendation and the plan will be sent to the WAPC and Planning Minister.