Viveash residents protest plans for 29 new houses labelling it an unacceptable safety risk

AT FRONT LEFT: Melinda Brackley of Viveash with other concerned local residents. Photo: David Baylis
AT FRONT LEFT: Melinda Brackley of Viveash with other concerned local residents. Photo: David Baylis

VIVEASH residents say plans to build 29 houses on a vacant block along Ashby Terrace poses an unacceptable safety risk to locals, motorists and school children, particularly in the event of an emergency.

Resident Ian Ludlow is among the 90 objectors to the development, which proposes 12 driveways exiting on to Muriel Street, the sole entry into the area.

“The addition of 12 crossovers around a double bend with restricted sight lines creates a significant risk both for the residents accessing their houses on the outer edge of this development and the rest of the traffic travelling past the development,” he said.

“This traffic includes regular buses and school buses and other heavy vehicles.

“At peak school drop off and pick up times for La Salle College the traffic is particularly heavy.

“Safety on the roads is of significant concern to the community, and this proposal falls far short of community expectations.”

Long-time resident Melinda Brackley said the road network was already ineffective in the event of an emergency.

“When there is an emergency on this suicide bend, even without the proposed driveways for this development, residents are stuck,” she said.

“There was a TRG drug bust recently, effectively blocking residents from entering and leaving the area.

“Imagine a meth lab explosion, trees alight, s-bend blocked and the families of 400 homes unable to evacuate.

“It is not good enough officers simply said there is no safety risk as the site is not far from multiple road connections to access Great Northern Highway.

“The problem is how do they get to them?”

Mr Ludlow said the bush reserve opposite the development placed residents at an increased risk of bushfire.

“If there is a fire in this reserve, fire vehicles responding will create further traffic safety issues, and could trap the entire community in situ,” he said.

However, City of Swan officers said the expected one per cent increase in daily vehicle movements and two per cent increase in movements at peak periods were well within the capacity of the road network.

Meanwhile Perth Airport objected to the development saying the area would be subject to 200 aircraft movements on average each exceeding 65 decibels.

“Building insulation to mitigate noise only works with windows and doors closed – this is not conducive to Perth lifestyles,” the submission said.

“Maintaining the operational flexibility of Peth Airport is paramount to WA and the placement of new residential communities in aircraft noise affected areas has the potential to result in restrictions on airport operations.”

The development application on Lot 62 Ashby Terrace has been lodged with the Metro East Joint Development Assessment Panel for determination.

Councillors unanimously supported a motion on Wednesday night that recommended the Metro East JDAP visit the site of the proposed development during peak period.