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Map of the proposed development area.

More homes for Bellevue

By Rebecca Peppiatt

A developer has been given the green light by Mundaring Shire to build another 264 homes in Bellevue despite concerns over traffic impacts with the closure of Robinson Road next year.

Belle View Estate, which sits on the border of the Shire of Mundaring and the City of Swan, was this week seeking assessment of stage 2 of its development on 19ha of land between Katharine and Wilkins Streets.

At the Shire of Mundaring’s monthly meeting, councillors were asked to consider public submissions and look at a structure plan before making recommendations to the WA Planning Commission.

Councillors were largely in favour of the proposal, saying it would provide housing options for a range of people and develop the Helena River foreshore.

Despite some public opposition to the plan, Deputy President Cr Jason Russell said it was a “no brainer”.

“We need to have housing options that appeal to asset rich retirees that wish to down size and young people who want to move out of their parents’ house,” he said.

“I think this is a great idea.

“Its proximity to the major services of Midland and transport is good, I think it’s a really good planning outcome.”

Bellevue Residents and Ratepayers Association (BRRA) chair Mark Richards wrote a submission to council on the issue, asking for a decision on it to be deferred until traffic modelling could take into account the closures of both Helena Road and Robinson Road (see story on page 3).

“The structure plan’s transport assessment indicates the majority of traffic generated will be utilising Clayton Street via Henkin Street,” he said.

“The transport assessment deems its modelling is acceptable based on the ‘current intersection performances’, intersection performances which will be significantly different come September 2022.”

Council’s report on the development claimed the project, when complete, would generate 2100 vehicular trips per day, but it wasn’t just the traffic impacts that concerned locals.

Bushfire risks and a lack of open space were also brought to the attention of councillors.

“Bellevue is provided with only 6.15 per cent of poor quality public open space with a large portion of this under powerline easement,” Mr Richards said.

“We lost an oval/playing field which was sold by the City of Swan to the Belle View Estate developer with the land subsequently brought under the Shire of Mundaring.”

Mr Richards said the BRRA objected to a playing field being built on the south side of Helena River while the new houses would be built on what was originally marked as public open space wetlands.

“The eastern portion of the stage 2 development is located on the Helena River flood plain and will require significant ground works,” said Mr Richards.

Councillors ultimately voted to move the motion 10-1 with modifications to include open space issues and bushfire management.

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