Planning is under way to allow residential development around the historic Bristile Kilns in Ascot, with the state government releasing minor changes to planning guidelines for public comment today.
Planning Minister John Day said the metropolitan region scheme amendment was developed in conjunction with a local development plan to provide guidance on the heritage elements of the site and how they could be integrated into future development.
The land is considered to fit elements of the state government’s planning frameworks for urban infill sites, being in close proximity to the Great Eastern Highway transport corridor and the Swan River.
It is currently zoned parks and recreation reserve, with the amendment designed to change that use to urban zone.
To offset the change of use for the 0.94 hectare site, a neighbouring 0.34ha site has been proposed to be switched from urban to parks and recreation.
The amendment documents state the land currently has little environmental value, with it largely featuring road infrastructure and disparate vegetation.
Mr Day said the kilns and chimney stacks were an important part of Western Australian heritage.
“The kilns and stacks represent an important part of the state’s manufacturing history, with many of our houses and public buildings being constructed from products made their,” Mr Day said.
A local structure plan is also being developed for the broader precinct, known as Golden Gateway, an area bordered by Great Eastern Highway, Resolution Drive, Grandstand Road and Stoneham Street.
Both the local development and structure plans are expected to be finalised next year, while the public comment phase for today’s proposed amendment closes on December 4.