DEVELOPER Dale Alcock and Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban say a plan for north Ellenbrook is a vital omission from recently released metropolitan planning documents.
Both the draft Perth and Peel @3.5 million and Perth-Darwin Highway plans appear to ignore the large-scale development potential of north Ellenbrook that was set out in earlier plans.
Alcock Brown Neaves Group, of which Mr Alcock is managing director, owns much of that land.
The area dubbed north Ellenbrook is equal to Ellenbrook in size and would be a mix of residential and proposed industrial to complement that in south Bullsbrook
Mr Alcock said the growth of Perth warranted both infill development and expansion to areas like north Ellenbrook.
“It will become the most obvious growth corridor for the north east corridor once the Perth Darwin Highway goes through,” he said.
“We’re a major landholder in North Ellenbrook and for many years we’ve been advocating that the Perth-Darwin Highway needs to be initiated to take pressure out of Swan Valley.
“The critical thing is, this area of north Ellenbrook has had no plan over it for many years.
“The worst of it is that under the State Government’s newly released Perth and Peel@3.5 million, it shows no residential development into this area.”
The only development area flagged for residential in the latest plan is a small triangle of land next to Ellenbrook.
Mr Alban has long campaigned for north Ellenbrook to be considered for industrial development and has raised his concern with Planning Minister John Day.
“Part of the motivation to construct NorthLink WA, specifically the Swan Valley section, is the opportunity it presents with the land north of Ellenbrook and west of Bullsbrook to be developed as an economic hub for this growing region,” he said.
“Details of the area presented in the Perth and Peel@3.5million is considerably reduced from the area noted in the Economic and Employment Lands Strategy (EELS), released by the Department of Planning in October, 2013.”
A meeting between developers and Transport Minister Dean Nalder will also arranged to discuss a potential interchange near Warbrook or Maralla Roads.
“This would reduce unnecessary internal traffic through the area by keeping traffic on the new highway longer,” Mr Alban said.