NCA approves temporary Westside Village extension until 2017

Media Release

17 November 2016

TODAY, the National Capital Authority (NCA) announced the approval of the Land Development Agency’s (LDA) application to extend the temporary Works Approval of Westside Village, Acton Park for a further 12 months.

The NCA’s approval will allow the temporary facility to remain on site until 19 November 2017. The LDA’s application had sought an extension of two and a half years until 30 April 2019.

NCA Chief Executive, Malcolm Snow, stated that the NCA will require the LDA to continue to comply with their existing place management strategy in relation to the site’s activation, presentation and public safety compliance for the remainder of the Works Approval term.

“While we recognise that Westside Village is a unique installation that provides a temporary community event space for Canberra, we have decided to approve its operation for an additional 12 months only. During this time, we expect the LDA to make the appropriate site improvements consistent with its prominent location,” said Mr Snow.

The NCA’s decision followed a comprehensive and independent community consultation process for the application, conducted between 27 August and 16 September 2016, in accordance with the NCA’s Commitment to Community Engagement protocol.

“In reviewing the LDA’s application, we considered all of the submissions received during the consultation process as well as assessing the planning merits of their proposal against the relevant principles and policies of the National Capital Plan.”

“Another important factor in reaching our decision was consideration of the vendors at Westside Village. We wanted to ensure that we did the right thing by these small business owners. Our decision gives these operators ample time to consider their relocation options,” said Mr Snow.

The NCA received a total of 62 formal submissions on the proposal. Of these, 42 submissions did not support the proposal, while 20 submissions, including two petitions, supported the retention of Westside Village.

“We appreciate the interest shown by those who provided us with written submissions during the consultation process. Transparent community engagement is important to us in properly managing the planning and development of the Central National Area.”

The consultation report is available here.