Quiet pledge for airport estate

The developer at the centre of the plan to rezone the Rosehill Golf Club for housing just north of Perth Airport claims the homes will be "library quiet" and "a showcase" of what can be achieved next to airports.

The WA Planning Commission proposes to rezone the club from rural to urban, despite a 2012 Council of Australian Government agreement that rural land should be protected from such developments.

The council's national airports safeguarding advisory group warned that "over the long term, inappropriate development around airports can result in unnecessary constraints on airport operations and negative impacts on community amenity".

However, Peter Burke, director of Handle Property Group, which bought the golf course, said the noise levels inside the homes would be only 30 to 35 decibels - about the level of noise in a library - compared with the standard of 50 to 55 decibels.

"We will be using the latest technology in insulation and we are building all the houses to ensure best practice," Mr Burke said.

"Importantly, the house and land packages will be affordable to younger people at only $499,000 to $699,000 just 12 minutes from the city."

Mr Burke said his company was looking at every aspect of the house environment.

"For instance, the alfresco areas will have glass partitioning to enclose two sides and shut out noise," he said.

Twenty per cent of the golf course will be redeveloped as ovals, parklands and a South Guildford town centre.

Mr Burke said there was a memorial on all titles placing the condition in the contract of sale with respect to noise level agreements.

However, he said noise from planes was decreasing, with planes such as the "super quiet 787" due to start flights into Perth in October with Air New Zealand.

Qatar is to start using another quiet jet, the A350, next year.

The West Australian

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