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Precinct poised for infill amid planning changes

Tuesday, 3rd Mar 2015

Canning Bridge precinctThe Canning Bridge precinct is emerging as one of Perth’s next big infill development opportunities as revised planning rules, which will allow construction of buildings of up to 20 storeys, are tipped to take effect soon.

The changes to the planning rules in the Canning Bridge precinct are part of a bigger vision to develop the area as a high-density living space and will include greater public transport links, upgrading Canning Bridge and encouraging more cafes, restaurants and entertainment facilities.

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) is expected to approve the changes to the planning guidelines this year and, if passed, the new rules are likely to attract many more developers to the area.

There are already several projects in the pipeline for the Canning Bridge precinct as developers ready themselves to capitalise on the revised planning rules.

This includes a $250 million, 20-storey luxury apartment tower and another $150 million development comprising two apartment towers of up to 20 storeys. Both of these projects are planned for construction on the west side of Canning Bridge.

The revised planning rules are needed to help accommodate a surge in residents in the area with the population tipped to increase from the current 3,800 people to 8,000 by 2031 and 24,000 in 2051.

This will require about 12,000 dwellings, up from the current 1,900 dwellings, to accommodate the additional residents in the area.

Some smaller residential projects have already began to pop up in the area, including a $40 million mixed-use building, which is expected to be completed this year and include 34 apartments over seven storeys and two levels of commercial space.

The Canning Bridge precinct’s close proximity to Perth’s CBD, being just 8 kilometres to the south, as well as hosting good transport links, including the Kwinana Freeway, Canning Highway and the Mandurah rail line, make the area ripe for high-density development.

As part of the broader vision for the Canning Bridge precinct the Melville and South Perth councils, in partnership with the state government, have drafted a planning blueprint for the area.

This includes building a bus station on the foreshore next to the Canning Bridge train station and creating dedicated bus and bicycle lanes along Canning Highway.

Longer term objectives are to rebuild Canning Bridge to cater for increased traffic, construct a light rail train line to Curtin University and build a ferry terminal on the Como foreshore, which would service the University of Western Australia.