Ashby site to be rezoned for construction of medical centre, pharmacy and apartments


The Ashby site for rezoning.
The Ashby site for rezoning.

AN Ashby site has been recommended for rezoning to allow for a medical centre, pharmacy and apartments.

Wanneroo councillors supported Endeavour Properties’ proposed agreed structure plan amendment at their September meeting.

The amendment is to rezone a 4116sq m site on Blackberry Drive, north of The Ashby Bar and Bistro, from residential to mixed use.

Planning Solutions senior planner Laura Sabitzer presented a deputation prior to the meeting on behalf of the applicant and said the amendment would give “appropriate transition” between the tavern and homes.

She said medical centre and pharmacy would provide a “vital local service” and a concept plan showed two-storey apartments at the corner of Rocella Loop and Pinjar Road.

Two residents objected to the amendment during public consultation, raising concerns about increased traffic and that there were already sufficient medical centres nearby, while the Department of Planning said the concept was inconsistent with the mixed use zone objectives.

A report by the City said it was compatible with objectives and a traffic impact statement provided by the applicant found the roads could adequately handle increased traffic though a full assessment would be done following a development application.

Councillor Samantha Fenn said she hoped a quality development would be created to cater to the growing area.

“There’s a real opportunity here for the applicant to achieve something impressive,” she said.

The proposed amendment will be sent to the WA Planning Commission for approval.

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