Residents ‘not consulted’

Tony Pola with his dog Rosie is concerned about the possible housing development.
Tony Pola with his dog Rosie is concerned about the possible housing development.

However, local residents are concerned the quiet amenity of the area will be lost if the sale goes ahead.

The WA Planning Commission (WAPC) rezoned the land for housing just before Christmas.

City of Swan staff said the rezoning was consistent with the State and City’s planning objectives for development of the north-east corridor.

The application stated the rezoning supports the intentions of Directions 2031, which identified the site as an Urban Expansion Area 2011-2015 with the potential for more than 600 homes.

A City staff report to councillors states that, compared with other sites on the metropolitan fringe, such as Upper Swan and Bullsbrook, the South Guildford land was much closer to the Perth CBD and represented ‘a logical and efficient expression of urban development’.

Guildford South resident Tony Pola (52) said his parents had waited years for rezoning of their property in Hazelmere but it had not happened.

They bought a block near the Rose Hill Golf Course, so they would not be built out.

‘Now they face being built out in an area they targeted to buy for its open green space,’ Mr Pola said.

‘No one has come to us and asked what we, as residents, feel about losing this beautiful golf course.’

The rezoning of Rose Hill, on West Parade, was approved by the WAPC last November.

Mr Pola said the whole process has happened ‘a bit too quick’ at a time of year when many local people were distracted.

‘It doesn’t make sense, it seems to be something not right without letting the residents know about the possible sale,’ he said.

A spokeswoman at the course said there was an offer made on the land, but at this stage it had not been accepted, and it was business as usual for golfers and staff.