Bateman MLA Dean Nalder calls for Canning Bridge Activity Centre review

Dean Nalder.
Dean Nalder.

BATEMAN MLA Dean Nalder has called on Planning Minister Rita Saffioti to suspend the City of Melville side of the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan (CBACP) until a review is completed by the WA Planning Commission.

In a letter sent to Ms Saffioti on Thursday, he outlined the reasons as being the absence of criteria to measure height bonuses against community benefits, no transport delivery plan or master services plan, an absence of public open space and the lack of consideration for public infrastructure.

Mr Nalder said there was a “fear” in the community that the planning process was following the same planning principles as other “overly congested poorly planned cities.”

City of Melville chief executive Marten Tieleman said a wider review was “nothing new” and the City had already resolved to do it.

”In addition, the City has already prepared a draft Local Planning Policy (LPP) as an interim response to enhance the operation of the CBACP and this is already scheduled to be presented to Council on March 19,” he said.

“The proposed Local Planning Policy has the potential to be operational in the short term and responds to the main issue raised in the Member for Bateman’s letter, which is enhancement of the understanding of the CBACP expectations regarding building height and additional clarity on the process for considering additional height.

“The CBACP is part of the statutory planning framework for the precinct. It would not be responsible or practical to ‘suspend’ the CBACP.

“Instead, the council has moved to engage with stakeholders and review the content and operation of the CBACP in accordance with the established processes.”

Mr Tieleman said as part of the CBACP’s long-term plan, it was recognised that the State Government had responsibility for several issues and was responsible for rolling out and establishing funding mechanisms for the identified infrastructure, community facilities and transport services.

“The City would welcome additional State Government attention to these issues and the opportunity to work together to realise these critical components of the CBACP,” he said.

“The preparation of the CBACP was informed by extensive modelling in terms of forecast population and infrastructure demand, and in particular the modelling included an overall plan for the transport network under the then Transport Minister’s portfolio.”