Concrete in the mix

• Josh Topelberg beside a development that will technically become a “nonconforming use”. One of the concrete plants looms in the background. Photo by David Bell

• Josh Topelberg beside a development that will technically become a “nonconforming use”. One of the concrete plants looms in the background. Photo by David Bell

A public meeting will be held over the East Perth concrete batching plants, amidst fears the Barnett government intends to let them operate well into the future.

Vincent city councillor Josh Topelberg—who is seeking re-election next month—proposed the meeting after the WA planning commission edited the council’s new town planning scheme, banning residential developments near the plants.

The plants were meant to have closed by now but WA planning minister John Day gave them an extension to 2017.

Cr Topelberg doesn’t oppose the plants’ existence in the short-term but fears preventing home developments will condemn the area to a long-term industrial future.

The WAPC’s intervention has had the curious effect of making several recently-approved residential projects a “non-conforming use”, which may present difficulties when homeowners try to sell.

Cr Topelberg says a meeting that heard from the council, the government, the plants and affected parties would be useful.

by DAVID BELL

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