Since the Town of Vincent commissioned their Leederville Town Centre Masterplan in 2005, they have embraced the challenges facing all inner-city councils, to:
• Encourage the introduction of centralised high density residential
• To provide additional workplaces and employment opportunities
• To capitalise on transit infrastructure, and
• To ensure every development scenario is of best practice sustainable design.
While accepting these higher order goals, the Town of Vincent has been at pains not to lose the intrinsic qualities and sense of place that make Leederville and its surrounds such an attractive place to live, work and visit.
The extension if the Leederville Masterplan studies to encompass the subject of this project, the West Perth Regeneration Area, signifies the Town of Vincent’s commitment to urban renewal on the northern fringe of Perth’s CBD.
The nine hectares of land has the capacity to provide an additional 80,000m2 of commercial offices, and between 600 and 800 apartments. The proposed density will sustain a local retail offer that will allow future residents to walk to local food and café outlets, while also having the option of an 8 minute walk to the café strip of Oxford Street.
This study recommends the construction of a foot bridge at the southern end of Cleaver Street, which will provide pedestrians and cycle connective over the combined rail and free way barrier, to the City West and West Perth. This link will join BeattyPark and KingsPark as a dynamic activated pedestrian spine.
This study also suggests a Cleaver Street train station that while does not figure on Perth Transit Authorities future plan, gained tacit approval from some members of the D.P.I.
The West Perth Regeneration Area represents one of the best opportunities to achieve the density increase to Perth’s inner ring from 8000 to 25000 residences by 2031.
The West Perth Regeneration study is for an area of land of some 19.3 hectares bounded by Newcastle Street to the North, the Mitchell Freeway to the South, Loftus Street to the West and Charles Street to the East.
The land was ceded to the Town of Vincent from the City of Perth on July 1st 2007. Its current use is predominantly light industrial, with some showroom and office uses on Newcastle Street.
Its largest land holding is a Holden Showroom, while a number of affiliated automotive industries all located in the area.