New towns may be developed

TWO new towns could be developed north of Ellenbrook as part of a WA Planning Commission strategy mapping out the future of the area for the next 30 years.

Planning Minister Graham Kierath said the North-East Corridor Extension Strategy would guide future development of the Ellenbrook catchment within the Shire of Chittering and the City of Swan.

One of the options outlined in the plan, available for public comment for three months, proposes to establish two new towns called Neaves and Chittering separated by rural spaces while the planned growth of Bullsbrook would be retained.

“Since the early 1990s, the area north of Ellenbrook has been recognised as having potential for urban growth,” Mr Kierath said.

He said once completed, the strategy would provide guidelines for long-term land use, define transport and service corridors, help to resolve planing and environmental issues and provide for future urban development.

The second option focuses on expanding two existing towns, Bullsbrook and Upper Swan, and allowing for a new settlement just north of Bindoon, provisionally called Chittering.

A third option provides for four small villages and two rural living areas scattered through the area, with the focus on Bullsbrook as the district centre.

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