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Bunbury’s long-awaited planning scheme endorsed

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
The new Local Planning Scheme No. 8 is set to unlock development potential across Bunbury.
Camera IconThe new Local Planning Scheme No. 8 is set to unlock development potential across Bunbury. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

After more than five years in the making and being labelled as “well overdue”, the Local Planning Scheme No. 8 and Local Planning Strategy were both given the tick of approval by Bunbury City Council last night.

Tipped to unlock the development potential of Bunbury, the documents introduce a suite of new land use zones across the city with a focus on mixed-use and high-density residential.

More inner city living options have been a major talking point in anticipation of the new scheme and along with the CBD, sections of Spencer and Strickland streets and Forrest Avenue have been earmarked for residential potential.

The scheme could result in high-rise residential across the city, according to Mayor Gary Brennan.

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Mr Brennan has been a vocal advocate for the highly-anticipated town planning scheme, saying it would act as a “trigger” for developers to take notice and have confidence in Bunbury.

Deputy Mayor Brendan Kelly described the scheme as a “brave new world of planning”.

Both the draft scheme and strategy were endorsed with an eight to two vote – Cr Joel McGuinness was an apology at last night’s meeting, while Crs Michelle Steck and Jaysen Miguel had declared financial interests and were unable to vote.

The documents will now go to the Department of Planning for final approval.

See tomorrow’s South Western Times for an extensive look into LPS8.

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