Residents have the chance to give input on Margaret River’s next major subdivision which includes a proposed lifestyle village and another public primary school. In late 2021, the Times reported the Yolk Property Group had acquired the 67ha landholding previously known as Weightman Farm, then owned by developer Nigel Satterley, with plans for about 470 lots across the road from Brookfield. The project was also touted as one of WA’s first possible “build to rent” projects identified as a possible fillip for the shire’s under-pressure rental market. The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River this week revealed details of the site’s structure plan and opened community consultation, which closes to comments on April 21. The structure plan expands on the number of homes anticipated at the site. While 411 homes were now expected in the subdivision, badged as Margaret River South, a land lease arrangement including a possible lifestyle village in a 10.6ha section would add another 250 homes, estimated at 661 in total. The plan puts the subdivision’s population at about an extra 1443 residents. The project comes with construction under way across from Andrews Way where Spindrift Estate is adding about 405 lots to Brookfield’s eastern edge. Margaret River South proponent Tao Bourton previously said the development aimed to avoid a Brookfield-style subdivision, with green belts including cycle paths to soften the urban sprawl in a nod to the Shire’s hamlet design guidelines. Parks and public open space in the structure plan measure a considerable 18.7ha. The plan outlines hamlet-style buffers including the potential for seating and barbecues in laneways dividing residential sections throughout the subdivision. A senior playing field was also scheduled adjoining the primary school site, while the report also posited space for community farming plots, retention of existing mature trees, as well as a “solar panel farm” on the project’s fringe. The potential for four “tiny home” spaces would also be investigated. WA Planning Commission and the Shire will need to sign off on the plan as well as local development plans to be commissioned governing sections of the subdivision. Those sections include houses overlooking parks as well as “quiet house design” requirements, and a 1.5ha “village centre” was included with a private clubhouse, and potential childcare centre and cafe open to the public. The Times understands the clubhouse concept would follow a Victorian model where home owners paid an annual fee for maintenance and operation of the private recreation space. The plans showed a swimming pool, tennis court and lawn bowls green as part of the facility, and an adjoining leasehold space for a small orchard. The separate over-50s lifestyle village would integrate with the village centre. The school site, similar in scale to Rapids Landing Primary School, was earmarked in the East Margaret River District Structure Plan.