THE Town of Claremont has moved a step further towards the revitalisation of underused land between the train station and Claremont Oval, with the Western Australian Planning Commission approving the structure plan for the Claremont north-east precinct on
THE Town of Claremont has moved a step further towards the revitalisation of underused land between the train station and Claremont Oval, with the Western Australian Planning Commission approving the structure plan for the Claremont north-east precinct on June 15.
And in further good news, the restructure plan has been recognised with a national award.
Town of Claremont principal urban planner Ben Rose said the WAPC approval guaranteed progress of the project and would give certainty to developers.
The north-east precinct project area is 10 hectares of primarily state-owned land adjacent to the Claremont train station and Claremont Oval, with the business case and cabinet submission being coordinated by LandCorp.
Under the proposal, Claremont’s north-east precinct will become home to 11,700 square metres of commercial office space, 3,400sqm of retail and 527 dwellings, clustered around the football oval, which will continue as a WAFL venue.
When the oval is not in use for football purposes, it will become the ‘village green’, a public space for local residents.
The structure plan also calls for a minimum 200-bay multi-deck park-and-ride facility to replace the existing carpark at the train station.
The plan is the result of a comprehensive town planning and urban design review undertaken by the Town of Claremont in partnership with the state government that featured extensive liaison with service authorities and wide-ranging community consultation.
Mr Rose said the plan put in motion the transformation of the precinct into a tunnel of tree canopies sheltering clusters of apartments and commercial developments.
In the train station precinct a new public plaza is planned, which will provide a pedestrian connection between the town centre and the oval.
Mr Rose said alfresco dining, apartments built over shops and a diverse mix of businesses would activate and liven up the historic precinct.
The structure plan was also a 2010 National Local Government Award for Excellence winner in the small council category, from 200 other entrants.
The National Awards for Local Government were set up in 1986 and are run by the departments of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.
Mr Rose said the north-east precinct of Claremont was an ideal location for a sustainable inner-city urban revitalisation project.
“Shops, cafes, restaurants and boutiques are found along Bay View Terrace, located at the heart of the town centre,” he said.
“However, there is ample potential to shape the future of Claremont by providing for the revitalisation of the town’s north-east precinct so it can become a cosmopolitan destination with culture, art, cafes and a village green for social gatherings.”