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Urban ‘benchmark’

WORK on the Northbridge project will go ahead after the master plan for Northbridge The Project was unveiled on Tuesday morning.

Under the plan more than 27 hectares of Northbridge real estate above and adjacent to the Graham Farmer Freeway Tunnel will be transformed.

The plan incorporates new housing, shopping and entertainment areas, attractive streetscaping, areas of public open space and mixed land use.

The master plan has changed somewhat from the concept plan, released in April, after community consultation.

The arrangement and design of lots has changed from predominantly commercial and office use to residential and mixed use after studying market trends.

Planning Minister Graham Kierath said he believed the plan would become a benchmark for future urban developments.

He said development in the project area would require the approval of the East Perth Redevelopment Authority which was acting as project managers to ensure new construction or renovation met accepted community standards.

“Work will start immediately, commencing at Aberdeen Street, and will continue in planned stages over four years with minimal disruption to the community,” the Minister said.

The plan makes provisions for the establishment of individual heritage and cultural precincts and to create new open spaces in Lake Street that will be called Lake Street Plateia.

Also included is a new park in Aberdeen Street opposite TAFE and the greening of existing streets. Aberdeen Street will become an east west route for cyclists, pedestrians and public transport, while Newcastle Street will be upgraded.

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