Subiaco business groups urge council to send Local Planning Scheme No.5

Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor.
Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor.

THE Western Suburbs Business Association has warned that further delays to the Local Planning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5) will have a “direct and negative impact” on business confidence and investment in Subiaco.

President Mark Hann is are urging the City of Subiaco to send off the modified plan as it is to the WA Planning Commission (WAPC).

“It is important these delays cease and provides some certainty to allow business and investors to know what is the short, medium and long term direction of the Subiaco area,” he said.

“Momentum and certainty are the two main things that impact confidence for business and consumers.”

City of Subiaco could send its modified LPS5, along with submissions received on the scheme’s modifications, to the WAPC at its next council meeting on Tuesday.

Concerns raised in the submissions include location of density within residential areas and its impact on street character, poor development outcomes, development impacts and overshadowing as well as confusion over dwelling targets.

SaveSubi, who are campaigning against the modified LPS5, have hosted North Ward, South Ward and Central Ward community meetings with councillors to allow residents to voice their concerns with the modified LPS5.

Founder Genevieve Binnie said if WSBA and SUBIaction had chosen to listen, engage and work with the community instead, there would have been no need for any delays.

SUBIaction chairwoman Kim Knight said they accepted no plan would be perfect.

“Some people will feel they are being disadvantaged, but the fact is Subiaco will have change imposed on it, whether by this plan or a less desirable State government plan,” she said.

City of Subiaco chief executive Rochelle Lavery said only the WAPC and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti could implement amendments to the already adopted LPS5.

“The final decision is with the Minister of Planning,” she said.