Plan to unite two sides of suburb

Plan to unite two sides of suburb

Cale Street, Helena Street and Lloyd Street, with its underpass, have been flagged as key north-south avenues that will more efficiently link activity destinations.

The updated vision for Midland’s 15 to 20-year future draws on ideas from the Midland Metro Concept Plan ” the previous framework released in 2010.

Major inclusions to the draft plan include a new transit hub at the train station on Cale Street and Railway Parade, a knowledge hub anchored by health and education precincts, freight rail realignment and a leisure area at the Helena River foreshore.

Under the new plan, the Midland Redevelopment Authority also proposes to take planning control from the City of Swan for land north of the railway line up to Great Eastern Highway between Cale and Lloyd streets.

MRA chief executive Kieran Kinsella said the plan to extend the Midland redevelopment area boundary by four blocks would improve connectivity within the city centre.

‘This extension reflects the current and proposed changes for the Midland city centre and the benefits from additional land being included within the MRA’s Midland redevelopment area,’ he said.

Midland is identified as one of seven strategic city centres in the State Government’s planning policy, Directions 2031 and Beyond, to ensure a diversity of housing, services and activities are provided to support the local and surrounding communities.

‘By completing the Lloyd Street underpass, and planning for high-quality public transport infrastructure, there is an opportunity to continue Midland’s transformation and create living and employment opportunities in close proximity to strong public transport links,’ Mr Kinsella said.

‘The draft master plan proposes additional commercial, office and retail space in the city centre, thousands of residential dwellings and new civic and cultural spaces, including proposed tertiary education facilities and the $360 million Midland Public Hospital.

‘Midland has the opportunity and the ability to become a major employment destination for the Perth Hills, the Avon Arc and beyond, and to deliver a unique city living environment to support Perth’s growing population.’

The Midland Master Plan is available for public consultation until October 20. To view the Midland Master Plan and submit comments visit www.mra.wa.gov.au.

A final master plan is expected to be adopted by the end of 2014.