City of Vincent to decide on future of East Perth concrete batching plants

City of Vincent to decide on future of East Perth concrete batching plants

TWO concrete batching plants in East Perth continue to face an uncertain future.

The City of Vincent are re-advertising the public comment period for the plants on Edward Street and Claisebrook Road.

The plants, owned by Holcim and Hanson, have operated with special use zoning for many years, with five-year extensions rolled over.

The most recent five year extension expires in October.

Vincent Mayor Emma Cole said the City had long held a position the concrete batching plants were “preventing the Claisebrook area from developing to its potential”.

“There are not only the plants but also a buffer zone around them in which you can’t have residential development,” she said.

“(Former) Mayor Alannah MacTiernan lobbied around this… We have sought to zone the land at a high zoning to make it more attractive for residential development for the owners. But it is still zoned as special use – concrete batching plans.

“(Then) Planning Minister John Day gave them a five-year extension (of the use) which ends in October this year,” she said.

Vincent had approved a 12-month sunset clause – until October 2018 – to give the owners time to shut down and decommission the plants.

The council wants to zone the land R-100 and R-60, for mixed-use residential-commercial development.

“The two owners – Holcim and Hanson – applied to the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for indefinite (special) use. The SAT dismissed that, and now the City has to look at this as a fresh application and re-advertise it, which is difficult and frustrating for residents,” Ms Cole said.

“Ultimately a decision has to be made on our (Vincent) Town Planning Scheme.”

She added the City’s Town Planning Scheme was an ongoing issue, and now in the hands of Planning Minister Rita Saffioti, to whom the mayor recently wrote to urge action on.