New planning scheme in train

“There’s now an 800m arc of potential higher density between Mosman Park and Victoria Street train stations,” Mayor Ron Norris said, after Town Planning Scheme No.3 was adopted at the council’s meeting last month.

Mr Norris said any greater density wanted closer to the Swan River could be dealt with by amendment, after TPS3 was approved by the WA Planning Commission.

He said there had been several verbal inquiries about mixed commercial-resident development, which the council thought was suitable for Glyde Street and he expected the precinct’s character would undergo “significant change”.

“There are also quite a few apartment blocks 40 to 50 years of age along Stirling Highway that would be more sensible for redevelopment and screaming out for change that mooted changes to the Strata Title Act will enhance,” he said.

A review of the Act is considering whether only a majority of any old apartment block’s owners is needed to approve sale to a developer.

The council started working on TPS3 when consultants reviewed its predecessor in 2007, followed by several rounds of public consultation, after which the WAPC suggested changes to a draft of TPS3 in early 2015.

In October last year, 59 residents had commented on the State Government bureaucrats’ suggestions, including 17 objecting to a greater density and seven objecting to the change.

The WAPC-suggested changes to TPS 3 approved by the council included greater access for developments along Stirling Highway, removing some residential-zoned land at the Wellington Street shopping centre and stopping new homes on blocks of R30 or less claiming rooftop balconies and decks were open space.

The Coles service station on Willis Street was made a commercial site, adjacent blocks became both mixed use and commercial, and R40 coding at St Luke’s church hall was removed.

However, after residents voiced their concerns at the council’s February meeting, building heights at the Wellington Street shops went from 14m to 10.5m, and the zoning will be changed from R80 to R60.