A developer’s plan to clear two Williams Landing conservation reserves and use the land for residential and commercial activities goes against Wyndham council policy.

That’s the word from council chief executive Kelly Grigsby, who said the council was keen to apply Environmental Significance Overlays on the sites.

Galway Holdings, a subsidiary of Cedar Woods Properties, has submitted a proposal to the Department of Environment and Energy (DEE) seeking permission to “clear and develop” two of three conservation reserves next to the Princes Freeway, which are on the former RAAF Williams Laverton Airfield.

Ms Grigsby said the matter was in the hands of the federal government, with the council not part of the decision-making process.

“In the event that it does proceed – council will then become part of the formal process,” she said.

“As it currently stands, the application to remove conservation status for the two sites at Williams Landing is inconsistent with council policy.

“The community is obviously deeply concerned about the potential loss of these sites and it will be council’s role to work with residents to ensure their views are represented throughout any process that may occur.”