Julie Matheson

CFP Business Specialist | Local Government Expert | Political Adviser



10 June 2018

Submission (extracts) on Draft Local Planning Scheme No 5

by Stephanie Hayward

I will say straight away I am devastated by the proposal of high density in Daglish, even though I supported the Metronet in principal. All suburbs are different and should not have a ‘blanket ruling’ thrust upon them, just to supposedly cover the costs of building this Metronet.  Please get the planners to ‘walk’ these areas!


My principal objection is the destruction of Daglish’s heritage, the first garden suburb built in WA and one of the earliest in Australia, family homes and the tree canopy that goes with them. I believe there is already an assessment report in progress for the National Trust due to Daglish’s uniqueness.

Why are we not looking at ‘wasted’ areas, an example being building over the railway line to the east of the West Leederville Station? If it can be done in Perth, the carpark over Perth station, why can’t it be done here? I have attached, with permission, the work Mr Don Newman has done to support this.

I agree with the late Mr Lutton that many mistakes are made by not using common sense and not listening to communities. https://www.foreground.com.au/planning/retrofit-cities-a-better-way

2018 Newman D, Daglish Historic Garden Suburb 12018 Newman D, Daglish Historic Garden Suburb 22018 Newman D, Daglish Historic Garden Suburb 32018 Newman D, Daglish Historic Garden Suburb 42018 Newman D, Daglish Historic Garden Suburb 5


The Garden City Movement is a method of urban planning initiated in 1898 by Sir Ebenezer Howard in England.  Garden cities were in response to the need for improvement in the quality of urban life, which had become marred by overcrowding and congestion due to uncontrolled growth since the Industrial Revolution.

2 comments on “PLEASE READ

  1. Ian Ker
    November 17, 2018

    Planners in WA have never fully-recognised the reality that there is only so much development/redevelopment to go round. If you try to spread it over too many locations, you will fail to get the benefits of agglomeration to become self-sustaining centres of activity and all you will have is a mish-mash of styles and density that works for no one.
    This mistake has been most obvious in the so-called strategic regional centres, which have been in the planning lexicon for half a century, but none of which has yet become a truly self-sustaining centre of activity (as distinct from an overgrown shopping centre).
    If every train station is regarded as an opportunity for high-density development, then such development will be fragmented over a large number of locations – to the detriment of their existing amenity but without generating the desirable characteristics of higher density.
    If the focus is on a selected number of train stations, those locations can quickly achieve the desirable characteristics of higher density.
    Back in 2007, the need to be selective, to prioritise and to create different solutions for different locations was clearly identified by workshops on the ‘Maylands to Guildford Activity Corridor Project’. The recommendations included:

    17. Provide expertise, funding and other resources where possible to the ‘first cabs off the rank’ (Maylands and Bassendean town centre) projects to ensure that they happen in a timely manner.
    18. Discuss with the WAPC the idea of amending the MRS to include an ‘intensive urban’ zone as part of the Metropolitan Region Scheme as a step towards acknowledging at a regional level that urban areas are not all the same.
    19. Define a series of precincts within the corridor district structure plan that can be addressed in detail in relative isolation and, with guidance from the Steering Committee and PMG, and prioritise them for detailed planning consideration; then facilitate a series of design workshops to prepare local precinct structure plans and guidelines for each one.

    • Julie Matheson
      November 18, 2018

      Thank you Ian for your comments.

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