Home on the range

The heavily-treed old rifle range which is to be developed.
The heavily-treed old rifle range which is to be developed.

The State Government’s Directions 2031 and Beyond planning strategy identified the land on Midland Road near Hazelmere as having the potential for between 600 and 750 new homes, depending on lot sizes.

Developer Cedar Woods Properties Ltd said about two-thirds of the 274ha site would be retained as open space or natural bush.

The company’s state manager, Stuart Duplock, said he expected there would be strong buyer support for the new development as it was in a prime location.

‘It is close to Perth CBD, the airport, as well as regional road networks,’ he said.

He said it would offer excellent access to amenities, entertainment and employment centres.

The proposal to rezone Lot 911 Bushmead Road from public purpose to special use zone came before the City of Swan last week.

The Metropolitan Region Scheme and the City’s Town Planning Scheme will both require amendments to change the zoning, as well as boundaries of long-term conservation areas, to allow for the new homes to be built.

Mr Duplock said the site had already been the subject of extensive planning, heritage and environmental investigations over the past 20 years.

‘Appropriate long-term environmental management of the site is a company priority,’ Mr Duplock said.

The Bushmead estate will be designed to include its unspoilt nature, with two-thirds of the land reserved for parks and recreational reserves to ensure the existing natural habitat remains.

‘There will be public footpaths and we have taken a further review of the roads which will accommodate the projected traffic,’ Mr Duplock said.

Community comment and feedback on the Bushmead development will now be sought, along with a final sign-off by Planning Minister John Day.

Construction of Stage 1 of the project is expected to begin in August, 2016.