Plans to house intellectually disabled people accused but not convicted of a crime in Kenwick and Herne Hill have been scrapped.

The two proposed sites for Western Australia’s first disability justice centres will not go ahead because of local planning and servicing issues.

Disability Services Minister Helen Morton announced the two preferred sites last week subject to planning approval.

The plans were met with opposition from residents who said they had not been properly consulted and feared for their security.

Mrs Morton said she was determined to work and consult with the WA community to find this group of people a suitable place to be housed.

The minister said she had now asked the Disability Services Commission to continue to liaise with the Western Australian Planning Commission and local governments to identify alternative sites to address potential planning and amenity issues.

“I am committed to delivering this initiative for a very small group of people who are accused of a crime and do not belong in prison,” she said.

“The people for whom these disability justice centres are being built are not dangerous. They do not belong in a mainstream prison.”Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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