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High Wycombe South

Project Status : In Progress
Estimated Completion Date : Ongoing
Location : Forrestfield/High Wycombe area


In June 2014, the State Government announced the Forrestfield Airport Link, a $2 billion train line running from the Midland line near Bayswater Station, servicing the airport and finishing in the Forrestfield/High Wycombe area. The train line is scheduled to be up and running by 2021. Following this announcement, the then Shire of Kalamunda* (City) started to explore the opportunities that a new train station could bring to the surrounding areas. This meant moving away from the industrial land uses, previously proposed, and focusing on urban uses more suitable for a train station precinct.

In late 2014, the City commenced the preparation of a District Structure Plan (DSP) to identify new land use opportunities, guide the urban structure, vision and objectives of future urban development. The new focus resulted in planning for the delivery of high density residential housing, a new activity centre and a commercially focused precinct based around the new train station. In line with the North-East Sub-regional Framework, the aim is to connect people with their place of work and recreation. 

In September 2016, the Forrestfield North DSP was approved by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WACP). View a copy of the Forrestfield North DSP here

* The Shire became a City in 1 July 2017.

Local Structure Plans

The purpose of the Local Structure Plans (LSP) is to guide development around the new Forrestfield Train Station, currently under construction as part of the Forrestfield Airport Link project. The LSPs will progress as two key components; the Residential Precinct and the Transit Oriented Development Precinct.

Residential Precinct Local Structure Plan

The Residential Precinct LSP encompasses the land generally bounded by Poison Gully Creek, Roe Highway, Sultana Road West and Milner Road, just to the east of the new High Wycombe Train Station, and the associated Transit Oriented Development (TOD) precinct.

The LSP has been prepared to facilitate the coordinated development of high quality  medium to high density residential development. Future development forms are expected to encompass single houses, grouped dwellings and apartments. 

The LSP provides for over 30 hectares of open space in the form of local open space, environmental conservation areas and pre-existing Bush Forever.  These open spaces will support a vision to create a ‘Forest Neighbourhood’, a medium to high density area with a bush character. 

A primary school site is identified in conjunction with district open spaces on Brand Road, to form a future combined education and sporting precinct.

The Residential Precinct LSP was approved by the WAPC on 27 July 2020. The final approved LSP can be viewed here

Amendment to the Residential Precinct LSP

Amendments to the Residential LSP have been prepared to align the LSP with  the spatial layout of the TOD Activity Centre Structure Plan (TOD ACSP) and to have regard for projected residential and  commercial development and traffic investigations undertaken since the approval of the LSP. Key changes include amendments to the density ranges and and the road network. 

The Amendment was adopted at the Ordinary Council Meeting (OCM) on 12 October 2021 for the purpose of public advertising. The public advertising period for the proposed amendment concluded on 4 January 2022, and the project team is currently reviewing all submissions received.

A copy of the draft Amended LSP and the report to Council can be viewed on the Agenda & Minutes section of the City's website.

Transit Oriented Development Precinct - Activity Centre Structure Plan

The Transit Oriented Development Precinct will incorporate planning for a new activity centre and commercially focused, transit oriented area based around the new train station. 

In May 2021, the Metronet East Redevelopment Scheme (Redevelopment Scheme) was gazetted to incorporate the land included within the  TOD Precinct. The Redevelopment Scheme establishes DevelopmentWA (previously Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and Landcorp) as the planning authority, with the  following broad responsibilities:

  • Preparing a project vision to inform the intended outcomes for the  area;
  • Preparing a planning framework to guide future development; and
  • The determination of Development Applications in the TOD Precinct.

The City has been working collaboratively with DevelopmentWA to receive the technical inputs required and to progress the TOD Activity Centre Structure Plan (ACSP).  The City has prepared a draft TOD ACSP provides a considered spatial layout that responds to the outcomes of all technical studies undertaken for the TOD Precinct as well  as the opportunities and constraints of the TOD Precinct. This layout provides the base required for DevelopmentWA to further establish the  planning framework for the area, including the preparation of a Redevelopment Strategy and associated Design Guidelines  for the Precinct.

In October 2021, the Council resolved to adopt the draft TOD ACSP for the purposes of forwarding the documentation to DevelopmentWA, and  for DevelopmentWA to initiate their assessment and public advertising. A copy of the draft TPD ACSP and the report to Council can be viewed on the Agenda & Minutes section of the City's website.

For further information regarding the Redevelopment Scheme and role of DevelopmentWA, visit the DevelopmentWA website. 

Further information and updates on the TOD Precinct can be viewed in the monthly High Wycombe South Newsletters in the contact information at the bottom of this project page. 

Development Contribution Plan

The development of the Residential Precinct and TOD Precinct in line with the LSP and draft ACSP requires the timely and cost-efficient provision of infrastructure and facilities, such as roads, drainage, open space, sporting and community facilities.

A Development Contribution Plan (DCP) is required to coordinate the equitable cost sharing arrangements for, and timely delivery of, infrastructure needed for the development of the precinct and its future residents.

This infrastructure is necessary to support the residential and commercial development envisaged. This will contribute to liveability and community wellbeing and helps facilitate the necessary development of housing for a growing population.

A report has been prepared for the Public Agenda Briefing Forum on 12 April 2022 which includes an overview of key outcomes and information informing the on-going preparation of the High Wycombe South DCP.

    For further information regarding the draft TOD ACSP please access the report and attachments via the City’s website under Agenda and Minutes.

    The City has prepared frequently asked questions about the DCP to assist landowners and stakeholders with some common questions. These FAQs are included in Related Documents below. 

    Train Station

    The Forrestfield Airport Link project is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian governments and will deliver a new rail service to the eastern suburbs of Perth – with three new stations at Redcliffe, Airport Central and High Wycombe. Refer to the State Government's project page for more information on the new High Wycombe Station, currently under construction and due to be completed in the first half of 2022.

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