PROPERTY Council of Australia WA deputy executive director Alix Rhodes says the draft Bayswater Town Centre Structure Plan (BTCSP) needs to have “higher aspirations” in order to become a “landmark place” in the world.
The council made a submission that the plan did not address the development potential in the town centre and the maximum height of six storeys would make Bayswater uncompetitive with areas such as Murdoch, Vincent and Victoria Park.
The council also recommended a minimum of six-storey zoning with a focus on 10-storey developments where appropriate.
The draft BTCSP was based on transport connections, public spaces, providing for housing choices and commercial uses, high- quality urban design, traffic flows and creating a walkable town centre.
The plan includes character precincts, with development heights ranging from two to four storeys except for the area around Beechboro Road and King William Street where heights of up to five or six storeys could be achieved.
Ms Rhodes said the plan needed to focus on King William Street as the town centre’s signature landmark.
“The structure plan needs to allow for buildings that can tune into both the housing and service needs of its residents as well as over the long term meeting big and small office leasing needs as well as shorter-term retail pop-ups,” she said.
“It also needs to create development options that span the length of the station platform and both sides of the line providing opportunities for people to live within walking distance of high quality public transport.”
Ms Rhodes said Bayswater was a major metro hub to Perth Airport, so it had the opportunity to become a “thriving town centre” filled with cafes, retail and services.
A City of Bayswater spokesman said the City received about 180 submissions, including the Property Council of Australia WA’s, which would be considered in preparing the final plan that would be presented to council in December.