22/05/2015 - 14:22

Master plan for Midland redevelopment

22/05/2015 - 14:22

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The redevelopment of Midland is set to begin in the coming months with Planning Minister John Day today releasing the master plan for the area that includes more jobs and community spaces, and 7,000 new dwellings.

The redevelopment of Midland is set to begin in the coming months with Planning Minister John Day today releasing the master plan for the area that includes more jobs and community spaces, and 7,000 new dwellings.

Along with the new dwellings, the plan proposes more than 155,000 square metres of office and retail space and about 200,000sqm of civic and cultural spaces.

It also includes a relocated train and bus transit station and promotes a more connected town centre, including enhancements to pedestrian and cycle networks as well as roads and key streets.

Mr Day said the north-east sub-region was expected to need an extra 100,000 homes and jobs by 2050 to accommodate an anticipated population increase of 450,590.

“Construction will commence in the coming months on a residential development surrounding Railway Square in the Midland Workshops, incorporating 70 apartments and an activated ground level with shops and cafes,” he said.

“The vision of creating a medical and education centre in and around the Midland Workshops precinct is now becoming a reality, with Curtin University’s new campus and medical school to join the GP Super Clinic and the new Midland Hospital, which is nearing completion.”

City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino said the masterplan was the result of years of research and planning.

“It will bring together all the pieces of the puzzle to ensure that Midland can enjoy a strong centre for business and lifestyle, and project a strong sense of place,” he said.

Mr Zannino said the redevelopment of the Midland Oval Precinct alone was expected to deliver up to 1,000 new dwellings, 25,000sqm of new retail floor space, 12,000sqm of restaurants and about 90,000sqm of new office floor space.

“About 13 per cent of the precinct will be public open space and there will also be the capacity to cater for a new library and civic building,” he said.

“The key principles of planning for the Midland Oval Precinct have revolved around creating a people-focused piazza-like active space befitting a town centre and maximising the economic impact, allowing people to flow from one area of business to another.”

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