The Future of the Swanbourne Village
The existing Swanbourne Village precinct is an excellent model for the StateGovernments METRONET policy. Despite this there are several Local and StateGovernment initiatives that could threaten the very survival of this functioning ‘village’ atmosphere.
The Town of Claremont have initiated a study that considers the implications of increased density for the Claremont Crescent fronting existing commercial strip. The council asked the local community for their feedback on the proposed study. I applaud the council for taking this initiative. If only the Town of Cottesloe could also take such initiatives in projecting future growth to the local centre.
I have provided my own feedback to the Town of Claremont’s density study here. View here.
Main Roads WA has a planning proposal in place to remove the old Swanbourne railway bridge and replace it with a new one. There are a lot of issues with the proposed approach, and as a community we could have something so much better.
Below you will find a series of articles that look at the current bridge proposal and the issues. You’ll see examples of bad bridge redevelopments and many good ones. A good bridge will help build the community, and this means taking into account the local community residents, schools, businesses as well as road and public transport users.
I believe we need to have a much broader planning process that takes into account these other considerations. I’ve suggested some ideas for a better way to help community discussion. Read the articles below, or you can click the picture to the right and skip straight to a suggested idea for a New Swanbourne Village Scheme.
Neil Cownie, Architect.