Western Australia’s Housing Minister Peter Tinley has announced WA’s largest urban infill plan, the Bentley Regeneration project, will be renamed “Bentley 360”.
The long-awaited urban renewal project will create more than 1,500 homes in Perth’s southern suburbs. The combined area of Bentley 360 is 26-hectares, of which 14-hectares is owned by Western Australia’s housing authority.
Nearly two-hectares of the former Canning Aquatic Centre site being developed by private developer, Sunshine Developments WA.
The minister said that the new name was chosen to reflect the “holistic” approach in revitalising the project’s wider community, economy and environment, in one of the most significant medium-to-high density urban infill developments in WA.
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"This announcement follows Canning City Council's decision in February to transfer land from the southern portion of the site to the Department of Communities – paving the way for delivery of state-of-the-art affordable housing in the biggest urban infill development in WA.”
Tinley highlighted the government's plan to leverage residential density and urban infill opportunities in line with Perth’s Metronet, and to develop an Affordable Housing Action Plan for release in mid-2018.
The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia president Hayden Groves said housing affordability remains one of the more challenging issues affecting West Australians.
“REIWA is committed to ensuring everyone wins in property and will work alongside the WA government to ensure the Affordable Housing Action Plan makes a positive impact,” Groves said.
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The revitalisation will first see the Brownlie Towers, a 48-year-old public housing complex, demolished within 12 to 18 months as relocation of the tower’s remaining tenants is currently under way.
The development is structured along three precincts with heights of one-to-three storeys, two-to-five storeys and four-to-ten storeys, integrated with its surrounds.
The creation of this new community will see the introduction of quality parkland and recreation spaces along with community, commercial and retail precincts.
Pathways and fitness trails for recreation and children’s facilities will be provided for community use.