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Submitters against the proposal, Karen Campbell, Nicky Gill and Kaye Reece.

JDAP to meet on Henley Brook college proposal

By Claire Ottaviano

CITY of Swan Council have recommended a proposed Islamic college be refused when it comes before an independent panel for approval next week.

Councillors voted against City staff’s  recommendation to approve the Australian Islamic College application for a 1000-student primary and secondary campus in Henley Brook.

In its motion, council recommended the application be refused because the school would have an adverse impact on amenity, occupied a land area half the recommended size and had a cul-de-sac road as one of its three road frontages.

It passed unanimously and without discussion.

In Bid for school relocation (Echo News, November 12), surrounding residents advocated for a land swap to relocate the school from its proposed location on the corner of Asturian Drive and Henley Street to Lot 203 Starflower Road, formally Lot 96 Lord Street.

A spokesman for the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage told Echo News this week the land was owned by the Western Australia Planning Commission.

“The land is zoned urban and will be the subject of future planning upon the completion of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line,” he said.

“Future planning would be reflective of the current zoning.”

Staff’s original recommendation to approve the school included a number of conditions which included restricting the use of a proposed worship building on site to students and staff only and that the worship building not employ a call to prayer acoustic system.

Should the application be approved, a number of upgrades to Asturian Drive and Henley Street would need to be made at the cost of the applicant.

In response to public consultation, the City received 463 objections, 610 non-objections and 162 of conditional support.

The development application will be considered by the Outer Metro Joint Development Assessment Panel on Wednesday, December 1 at the Midland Town Hall.

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