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Noise complaints push back proposal

THE impact of aircraft noise on a proposed development in Wattle Grove has Perth Airport seriously concerned.

A proposal to amend Cell 9 Wattle Grove Outline Development Plan (ODP) was taken off the agenda at the City of Kalamunda’s council meeting on Tuesday for more discussion and research after Perth Airport’s lengthy objection.

“The lack of consideration regarding the airport noise in the consultant’s report is concerning… when Perth’s new runway is operational the aircraft noise impact may be just as great, if not greater than the noise from road and rail,” Perth Airport head of planning and design Natasha Boshard said.

“The subject site will experience up to 200 aircraft noise events above 65 decibels across an average day.

“Noise at this level is disruptive to a normal conversation even inside a dwelling and will be unacceptable to most people.”

The Cell 9 Wattle Grove ODP covers an area of 3 ha in St John Road, Wattle Grove and proposes to create 53 lots to accommodate around 137 people.

In the City’s report it recognised and responded to Perth Airport’s aircraft noise concerns.

“The City acknowledges that the site may be subject to Australian Noise Exposure Forecast changes in the future with the development of Perth Airport’s new runway,” the report said.

“Development of the site will be consistent with the density of the surrounding area that is subject to the same airport noise – the amendment will result in a minor increase in dwellings.”

The City received a total of 16 submissions from the public on the proposal, 10 of which were objections.

Cr Mary Cannon requested the item be deferred to be addressed before the end of the year.

By Morgan de Smidt 

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