Claremont councillor wants more information for public on proposed retirement village plan on Stirling Hwy

St Louis Estate for seniors wants to expand in Claremont.
St Louis Estate for seniors wants to expand in Claremont.

A CLAREMONT councillor claims the council was not putting out enough information for public comment on a proposed retirement village near Methodist Ladies College, Stirling Highway, Claremont.

“I believe that’s not the way we should behave and the way we should put information out,” Councillor Bruce Haynes said at the meeting last week.

St Louis Estate proposes to build 75 two and three-bedroom seniors’ homes in 12 blocks of mostly two and three storeys, with a centrally located eight-storey section, between Albert and Dean streets on the north side of the highway opposite the college.

Cr Haynes said St Louis had failed to provide the council with a survey of residents at the estate, the results of which could be useful for the rest of Claremont to make comments on the proposal, and the development could also potentially increase local traffic 20 per cent.

However, a staff report said there were no specific requirements for residents to be “engaged” for their commentary during approving any master plan for the proposal that would go to WA Planning Commission (WAPC).

Staff recommended conditionally approving a master plan, subject to the publics’ eventual comments, and the estate be told it must send results of its survey from residents at the estate.

“We have the second-oldest aged demographic and on that basis we need to make more provision for aged care,” Cr Sara Franklyn said.

Councillors agreed to support a master plan for the proposal, with a condition the WAPC gives its nod for separate local development plan to be subsequently drawn up.

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