Draft Local Planning Strategy and Local Planning Scheme No. 11

The State Government’s Perth and Peel @ 3.5 million land use planning and infrastructure frameworks aim to accommodate 3.5 million people by 2050, encouraging greater housing diversity to meet changing community needs.  Under this framework, the Town is required to deliver at least 4,150 new dwellings, increasing the population to approximately 24,300 people.  The Town is reviewing its current planning framework to support this growth, whilst still maintaining a liveable community, protecting the area’s unique natural environment and heritage.

On 28 April 2020, Council resolved to endorse the Report of Review required by Regulation 66 the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations). That Report recommends that:

  • Local Planning Scheme No. 10 should be repealed and a new scheme prepared in its place; and
  • that the Local Planning Strategy for the Scheme should be reviewed.

The Report of Review was forwarded to the Western Australian planning Commission (WAPC) for its consideration and determination on 30 April 2020.

On 19 June 2020, the WAPC advised that it had considered the Report and agrees with the recommendations of the Report.  A copy of the Report and the Commission’s decision is available below.

Report of Review Document

WAPC Letter

Following the advice from the WAPC, the Town prepared a draft amended Local Planning Strategy and a new draft Local Planning Scheme No. 11 (LPS 11) which were adopted by Council on 4 November 2020 for the purposes of advertising. The draft documents are available below:

Draft Local Planning Strategy

Draft Local Planning Scheme No. 11

Draft Scheme Map

Special Council Meeting Agenda 4 November 2020

Special Council Meeting Minutes 4 November 2020

The documents were forwarded to the WAPC on 19 November 2020 to enable it to determine if they were acceptable to advertise, with a response required by 18 February 2021. No response was received from the WAPC during this timeframe, however, on 30 March 2021, the Statutory Planning Committee of the WAPC resolved to request the Town modify the documents prior to future consideration by the WAPC. A copy of the Minutes is available here:

Statutory Planning Committee Minutes 30 March 2021

On 7 April 2021, the Town provided draft amended documents to the DPLH for informal review.

In late April 2021, the DPLH provided feedback, and on 4 May 2021, the Town provided further amended documents to the DPLH for informal review.

On 22 July 2021, the DPLH provided a response to the May 2021 draft.

On 19 August 2021, the Town met with the DPLH to discuss the draft frameworks.

As a result of the August 2021 meeting, on 22 September 2021, the Town provided the amended documents to the DPLH for review, and requested a response by 27 October 2021 so as to enable the matter to be considered by Council before the end of the year.

On 14 October 2021, the DPLH advised that it in would prepare a revised draft Local Planning Strategy for consideration by the Statutory Planning Committee of the WAPC.

On 1 February 2022, the Statutory Planning Committee considered a revised draft Local Planning Strategy and resolved as follows:

  1. certify that Part 1 – Revised Local Planning Strategy (Attachment 5) is consistent with Regulation 2(11) of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015
  2. require modifications to Part 2 of the Council adopted Local Planning Strategy in accordance with the Schedule of Modifications (Attachment 6); 
  3. subject to the above modifications being satisfactorily undertaken, certify that the local planning strategy is consistent with regulation 11(2) of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015; 
  4. authorise the Director of Schemes, Amendments and Administration to review the modifications to ensure they have been satisfactorily undertaken prior to the advertising of the local planning strategy; and
  5. advise Council that:

(a) the local planning strategy, upon completion of the modifications, is to be advertised in accordance with Regulation 13 of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015;

(b) prior to submitting a draft local planning scheme to the WAPC for consent to advertise the local government is recommended to consider or review actions within Part 1 of the local planning strategy, including those actions identified to be implemented in the immediate term, which will have implications for the local planning scheme. This includes but may not be limited to investigations pertaining to Planning Areas G, H and I.

Statutory Planning Committee Minutes 1 February 2022

Town staff made the required modifications and on 25 February 2022, provided an updated draft Strategy to the DPLH for review. The DPLH recently advised that the matter will be again considered by the Statutory Planning Committee on 31 May 2022.

For further information in this project, a suite of FAQs are available by clicking Draft Local Planning Scheme and Strategy FAQs

Further information

BassenDream our Future

BassenDream Our Future is the name of the Town’s community engagement project, which concluded in September 2019. The implementation of BassenDream Our Future was managed by consultants Creating Communities with support from Collaborative Place Design. It  comprised of multiple community engagement initiatives where local residents and stakeholders were able to share their ideas and have input into the development of a new vision for Ashfield, Bassendean and Eden Hill, to inform the new Local Planning Framework.

BassenDream Engagement Report 

Bassendean Transport Study

Council resolved to undertake a Traffic and Transport Needs Assessment, to support the preparation of a new Local Planning Strategy for the district as well as informing the planning of transit-oriented development (TOD) around the Ashfield, Bassendean and Success Hill train stations. It was also intended to be used as an important document to advocate for strategic priorities.

The Local Integrated Transport Plan is also integral to informing the development of the new Local Planning Strategy, particularly given the important nexus between land use and transport. It is envisaged that the recommended strategies will be incorporated or reflected in the new Local Planning Strategy.

Local Integrated Transport Plan

Built Form and Character Study

The Built Form and Character Study provides guidance on shaping Bassendean's future built environment.  It catalogues the characteristics of buildings and places that are most valued and should be reflected in future development.  It will be used to inform the new Local Planning Strategy, especially in respect to better understanding the elements that have helped shape the built form and character of Bassendean.

Built Form and Character Study