Cockburn City Council recently released for public comment a detailed plan for the redevelopment of a former sand quarry in Banjup.
The Banjup Quarry Local Structure Plan shows how the City intends to convert 145 hectares of land within the boundaries of Armadale Road, Jandakot Road and Solomon Road into a mixed-use area housing more than 4800 residents.
Mr Howlett said he was excited about the project.
‘Progressing this project allows the City to address the objectives of the Directions 2031 strategic plan and to work with the relevant stakeholders to ensure that a liveable community is created,’ he said.
‘The location will suit many families who wish to enjoy raising their family in a new community that is close to many already established amenities.’
Agreeing, the Jandakot MLA said: ‘As for the location of the site, it makes perfect sense to develop and dead spots such as an old quarry site.
‘It’s not without its challenges, but in principle the closer new estates are to transport facilities the better.’
While a primary school was incorporated into the plan, Mr Howlett and Mr Francis said dwelling numbers did not warrant a high school, given Lakeland Senior High School and Atwell College were close by.
Another thing to note is the development’s proximity to Jandakot airport, with air traffic noise a possible deterrent for potential buyers.
‘Purchasers will be made aware of potential noise nuisance associated with the airport by notifications on title and additional design requirements for their dwellings,’ Mr Howlett said.
He said that while there would be additional construction costs, these ” and the problem of aircraft noise ” would be outweighed by the development’s location close to attractions such as shopping centres and recreational facilities.
To see the plans, go to www. cockburn.wa.gov.au.