26/11/2009 - 00:00

Plans develop at Alkimos, Jindee

26/11/2009 - 00:00

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NEW developments along the northern metropolitan coast have passed some significant milestones, with the official launch of property developer Peet's residential project, Shorehaven, and the passage through parliament of the Jindee Metropolitan Region Sch

Plans develop at Alkimos, Jindee

NEW developments along the northern metropolitan coast have passed some significant milestones, with the official launch of property developer Peet’s residential project, Shorehaven, and the passage through parliament of the Jindee Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment.

The Shorehaven development is the first residential project at Alkimos, and calls for the development of over 3,300 dwellings on 243 hectares of coastal land over the next 12 years, acting as a catalyst for infrastructure development and employment in the region.

Peet’s Alkimos project is expected to create close to 1,000 jobs in the construction, retail and transport industries at the estate over the next 12 years.

The Western Australian Planning Commission issued its approval for subdivision of stage one of Shorehaven on November 17, while forward earthworks commenced in August, following development approval from the city of Wanneroo.

Peet plans to invest about $500 million in the immediate area surrounding Shorehaven, on roads, infrastructure, landscaping, environmental management and other facilities.

Housing Minister Troy Buswell said the development would provide land supply in a critical future growth area.

“As we approach a new period of sustained economic growth, land supply and affordability will continue to be critical issues for the Liberal-National government,” Mr Buswell said.

“This project highlights the government’s commitment to supporting sustainable population growth as we prepare the state for renewed economic growth as major resource projects come online and consumer confidence continues to grow.”

The north-west corridor received another development boost with the passage through state parliament of the Jindee Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment, which gives the green light for a mix of restaurants, cafes, tourism and residential facilities along a one-kilometre stretch of coastline 37km north of Perth.

Jindee developer Estates Development Company managing director Fiona Roche said the Jindee site would provide a vibrant coastal village environment.

“Jindee will be built on an undulating lot that encompasses one of the highest ridges along the metropolitan coastal strip and a rocky headland that provides a foundation closer to the coast than in lower and less stable areas,” she said.

“Traditionally, at our older beaches such as Cottesloe, residential and beachfront commercial development has a close relationship with the beach, but more recent planning has imposed huge coastal setbacks which are not always warranted and which, in places like City Beach, do more to separate people from the beach than invite them to it.

“It will provide residents of the north-west metropolitan corridor with the type of access and amenities that generations of Western Australians have enjoyed at traditional beaches.”

In the legislative council last Thursday Labor MP Sally Talbot said the Jindee project was a better outcome for the environment than the usual “scorched earth” policy of developers flattening natural topography to create level blocks.

 

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