Newport Development

Proposed New Structure Plan 

As at December 2018, Aigle has completed the first stage, but now requires approval for the next stage. A Structure Plan has been submitted to Busselton City Council who notes it is not compliant with guidelines of State Planning Policy 2.6 – Coastal Development, specifically in relation to storm surge and predicted sea levels. In effect BCC wishes to prescribe a finished floor level for future residential blocks of 3.8 metres above Australian Height Datum (AHD) compared to current and previous development of 2.75m AHD. This has stalled the next stage of Newport, and indeed other residential developments in Port Geographe Precinct.

PGLOA is concerned that this current stand-off will create investor uncertainty to the extent that development at Port Geographe may once again be stalled. This would depress property prices and rateable values and tarnish the image of Port Geographe, which is one of the jewels in the crown of the City of Busselton. It would be a tragedy if the current development lapsed because of overly prescriptive and unrealistic regulations.

PGLOA has made a formal submission to BCC as part of the processing of the Structure Plan. Its conclusions are:

The full submission can be seen here.

In May 2015, Aigle Royal Pty Ltd purchased the rights to the incomplete Port Geographe development from the official receiver, following the liquidation of the previous developer Saracen JV. Aigle Royal has commenced its New Port Geographe Development.

This is of particular relevance to PGLOA because the new development lies within the SAR catchment zone. Consequently over time this will add to local amenities, and of course continue to build the Waterway Reserve Management Fund.

The early plan was presented to members of PGLOA at the AGM in August 2015, by Mr Brad Bradshaw, General Manager Land Developments Aigle Royal Pty Ltd. That presentation can be accessed here by courtesy of Aigle Royal.

Link to PDF of Aigle Royal presentation May 2015

In summary, this development abandons the old ten-stage canal and lake concept of the previous developers, in favour of a mix of mostly dry lots (about 580), some canal lots (approx 120) and expanded public open space. It is a ten-year plan.

Whilst PGLOA would liked to have seen a higher ratio of canal lots, it recognises the statements of Aigle Royal that a greater emphasis on dry lots would greatly reduce the up-front capital costs, and reduce the ongoing costs of maintaining water quality in the lakes and canals.

Progress can be tracked via Aigle Royal website