An old hospital site is set to be transformed into a residential area that would boost Karratha’s housing stock by 100 properties. The City of Karratha has given the green light for land that was previously the Nickol Bay Hospital to be rezoned, pending final approval from the WA Planning Commission. Councillors initiated the amendment in April last year, with the City conducting a study that revealed the land could yield 100 dwellings, with potential for aged care, parks, and infrastructure including roads and footpaths. The report found rezoning the site would make the land available for future residential development, which was considered desirable given the need to increase local housing supply. Located on Dampier Road in Baynton, the 14ha lot is under a management order to the Nickol Bay Hospital Board for the purpose of “hospital and allied purposes.” Since the amendment was initiated, the former hospital has been demolished, and the WA Country Health Service has rehabilitated the site so a management order can be lifted and transferred to the Department of Planning, Lands, and Heritage for disposal. The scheme amendment documentation was referred to the Environmental Protection Authority, with the EPA saying no formal assessment was required. A City spokesperson said the council’s support of the scheme amendment to rezone the land would be forwarded to the WA Planning Commission for consideration by the minister for planning. “The purpose of rezoning the site to urban development is to make the land available for future residential development, which would increase the potential supply of housing close to the city centre, established suburbs, and services and infrastructure, such as schools,” they said.