Work is expected to start this summer on the next major expansion of Margaret River’s residential suburbs. The long-awaited Weightman Farm holding south and adjacent to Brookfield received the green light for its structure plan at last week’s Shire of Augusta-Margaret River council meeting. While WA Planning Commission approval was still on the way, landscape works had already started and construction of internal roads and some lots was expected at the end of the year, according to Yolk Property Group partner Tao Bourton. The 67ha landholding south of Andrews Way once owned by a Nigel Satterley-led consortium promises about 411 residential lots plus 250 homes in a whopping “lifestyle village”. The project dubbed Margaret River South aims to distinguish itself from other subdivisions through green belts and walking tracks, as well as an innovative community-owned clubhouse developed under a WA-first model requiring an Eastern States expert. The project was designed to include six separate “UK-style villages” within public open space. While it would add significantly to the local housing market, and comes as neighbouring Spindrift Estate adds 405 lots to the mix, Mr Bourton was unclear on whether social housing would be part of the Yolk project. Under questioning last week from deputy Shire president Julia Meldrum, the partner said no local stakeholders were yet engaged and the project remained in its infancy. However, Margaret River South was planned to be one of WA’s first “buy to rent” estates, and Mr Bourton said talks were underway with wineries and the WA Country Health Service about specialist housing for crucial workers. A WACHS spokeswoman confirmed the discussions. “We continually explore options to add to our staff accommodation portfolio,” she said. During last week’s meeting, Cr Ian Earl welcomed the extra new sports oval as well as plans for another primary school within the subdivision. The Shire was already “really under the pump” from pressure from sporting groups and a new oval was a vital piece of community infrastructure, and retirement housing was also crucial, Cr Earl said. Cr Kylie Kennaugh also praised the developers’ efforts. “The whole concept has got some really great ideas,” she said. “There’s a lot of thought been put into it.” Cr Tracey Muir also welcomed the commitment to 27 per cent public open space.