12/12/2007 - 13:10

Comment sought on Subi's Fine China site

12/12/2007 - 13:10

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Plans for a sustainable mixed-use development that will house up to 600 residents and deliver commercial space for about 2,800 workers in Subiaco are available for public comment.

Plans for a sustainable mixed-use development that will house up to 600 residents and deliver commercial space for about 2,800 workers in Subiaco are available for public comment.

Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the China Green development was set to transform the historic 4.2ha Australian Fine China site into a modern community utilising advanced energy and water-saving design.

"China Green responds to the increasing demand for more sustainable office and residential developments close to public transport, the services of Subiaco and strong cycle and pedestrian networks," Ms MacTiernan said.

"As well as providing affordable housing, China Green capitalises on an increasing demand in Perth for more compact housing and single person dwellings.

"The State Government's Subiaco developments have been leading the way in providing real housing choice in this increasingly bustling city."

The project will be measured against 56 sustainability objectives jointly developed by the Subiaco Redevelopment Authority and City of Subiaco relating to social, environmental and economic outcomes, with a particular focus on solar orientation and targets for reducing energy and water usage.

Other key features of China Green include:

- a residential and commercial development based around Transit Oriented Development principles;

- buildings facing north to capture winter sun, avoid summer heat and provide central open space for passive surveillance to improve security;

- a central open space that will link Jolimont's Daglish Park to the south of the site with Subiaco Common in the north;

- planning which prioritises pedestrian movement above cars.

The Minister said the unique heritage of the Australian Fine China Site would be interpreted through a range of initiatives, including the naming of streets, public art and design guidelines which required an industrial aesthetic.

Subiaco mayor Heather Henderson said the China Green development would make a major contribution to the local community, with planning for the site complementing the existing diverse social fabric of the city.

"It is important that China Green provides new connections with the surrounding community linking the redevelopment precinct with existing commercial areas and public spaces," Mayor Henderson said.

The community is being invited to comment on the scheme amendment, precinct plan and draft design guidelines which will guide delivery of the project.

Copies of the documents can be accessed at the SRA's website at http://www.chinagreen.com.au, and comments must be received by February 8, 2008.

 

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