THE Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) has confirmed a proposed development in Woodbridge will be subject assessed for environmental impacts.
The proposed development, located at lots 4 and 178 Devon Street, will see the development of 17 single-bed accommodation units for the homeless, as detailed in Woodbridge battle (Echo News, October 16).
Local residents have hit out at the proposal, which they believe is in an inappropriate location that will impact endangered wildlife.
While the WAPC, who recommended the land to the developer, My Homes Australasia, did not confirm their involvement in the development in time for the Echo News deadline, they have now confirmed they were approached by My Homes Australasia two years ago.
“In late 2018, the Western Australian Planning Commission was approached by My Home Australasia seeking advice on suitable locations for an innovative temporary housing proposal,” a spokesperson for the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage said.
“The proposal sought use of a site for approximately 10 years that was close to public transport, shopping and medical facilities and could provide temporary accommodation for people who are homeless.
“The WAPC provided in-principle support to the My Home concept of using reserved land at lots 4 and 178 Devon Street Woodbridge temporarily, subject to all necessary approvals.
“The WAPC signed the development application form in its capacity as the owner of the land not as the regulator.”
The spokesperson also confirmed that an environmental assessment would be part of the approval process.
“Any future development of the site would be subject to assessment in accordance with the City of Swan local planning framework and State planning policies.
“This assessment would also include referral to regulatory authorities such as the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and the Environmental Protection Authority for consideration of potential environmental impacts, including fauna and flora management.”