05/12/2007 - 22:00

Government to fund land planning strategy

05/12/2007 - 22:00

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The state government has responded to the acute shortage of industrial land in and around the Perth metropolitan area by allocating $1million for the development of an industrial land planning strategy.

The state government has responded to the acute shortage of industrial land in and around the Perth metropolitan area by allocating $1million for the development of an industrial land planning strategy.

The government initiative comes at a time when industrial land users are struggling to find large tracts of land for new developments.

The government’s land development agency LandCorp has been working on the development of several industrial estates, but has struggled to keep up with fast growing demand.

Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the strategy was launched following a rapid increase in the take-up of industrial land.

“The take-up of serviced industrial land in Perth and Peel has almost tripled in the past five years from 50 hectares in 2001-02 to 130ha in 2005-06, and based on the current strength of the WA economy, this demand is likely to continue for years to come,” Ms MacTiernan said.

“In order to boost stocks of industrial land, it is essential we undertake detailed planning and technical studies to identify land with good access to transport and other infrastructure that will support the continued growth of industry.

“As it can take several years to create new industrial estates, it is important to rebuild a supply of zoned industrial land in a range of locations by using a co-ordinated approach to land planning and assembly.”

The scope of work to be undertaken includes an analysis of future industry needs, strategic site identification and amendments to the Metropolitan Regional Scheme.

Feasibility assessments will also be undertaken for key sites and ways to fast-track new industrial estates will be explored.

In the last five years, LandCorp has released more than 200ha of industrial land across the Perth and Peel region.

As a result of increased demand, the release of a further 200ha will be accelerated by LandCorp within the next three years.

Private developers have supplied industrial land adjacent to Perth and Jandakot airports, but in both cases the land is only available on a leasehold basis.

The planning strategy will be led by the Department for Planning and Infrastructure, with support from LandCorp and the Department of Industry and Resources.

The strategy is expected to be completed by December 2008.

It will take into account future developments at Neerabup, Wangara, Hazelmere, Nambeelup, Forrestdale, Latitude 32 and Port Kennedy.

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