Retirement village veto

DESPITE strong promotion from applicants, local and state government officials have recommended the proposal for a retirement village in Gnangara be refused.

The North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel will decide whether to approve the Lakelands Country Club development at its meeting on Monday.

The City of Wanneroo report recommended refusal because the urban proposal was inconsistent with the land’s rural zoning and planning policy for the east Wanneroo area.

It said the area had potential for urban development but more investigation was required.

The WA Planning Commission report also found the development at odds with its rural setting and said comprehensive pre-planning was required to see whether the area was suitable for urban development.

It said it would set an “undesirable precedent” for other non-rural developments within the rural zoning.

The application included more than 30 letters of support for the project, including from Federal MP Luke Simpkins.

UPDATE: Retirement village rejected