Berwick St rezoning approved by Town of Victoria Park, but site access from back streets restricted

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TOWN of Victoria Park appears to have heeded concerns from residents about a Berwick Street development having an entrance on the back streets.

A proposal to rezone 384 Berwick Street for higher density was approved last night, although access to the site from Baillie Avenue and Carson Street has been limited to emergency vehicles only.

Several residents spoke at last week’s briefing session about the impact increased traffic would have on the two streets and there were calls to only allow access on Berwick Street.

Councillor Bronwyn Ife moved the amendment to only allow emergency vehicles to have access on the back streets and referenced the residents concerns, particularly as Carson Street School, a primary school for students with disability and high needs, was located there.

A Department of Education spokeswoman previously told the Southern Gazette it was not opposed to the rezoning but raised some concerns about potential traffic management issues around Baillie Avenue and Carson Street.

The site includes an existing two-storey building, which was built by the Federal Government to house the National Archives in 1974.

Planner Ian Birch spoke on behalf of the owners at the briefing session and defended the increase in traffic and pointed to the traffic assessment modelling that showed any increase would be within the acceptable limits for the streets.

The modelling showed there would be an estimated daily traffic generation of 610 vehicles if the site was developed into residential apartments and 583 if the site was developed into independent living units for aged people.

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