CITY of Canning Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) representatives Margaret Hall and Christine Cunningham decided in favour of an application to extend the Carousel Shopping Centre in Cannington.
Speaking in a statement on her Facebook page, Cr Cunningham said an 18-month long negotiation led to a sound application that would draw benefits to the Canning city centre.
“Eighteen months of mediation between the City and the applicant, Urbis consultants on behalf of Carousel, has led to well-negotiated conditions that ensure the extension of the Carousel shopping centre enhances the liveability aspects of the City rather than detracts from them,” she said.
Cr Cunningham said the application was complex, and some issues that arose were unable to have completion pushed forward such as Cecil Square, an eventual public space with water play, alfresco dining, bike parking, water features and space for public events.
“While we would much prefer the Cecil Square aspects of the design to be pushed forward into stage one of the development, we have been briefed enough to understand why this is not possible. Nonetheless (the space) will be advantageous in the medium term,” she said.
Cr Cunningham praised the plan for a disabled-friendly overpass over Albany Highway but raised concerns regarding the intersection of Cecil Avenue and Albany Highway, calling it a difficult section of road for pedestrians.
She also flagged the Albany Highway and Leige Street intersection as a concern.
Both crossings will be upgraded for pedestrians.
Cr Cunningham disagreed a contentious flyover into the new centre to ease congestion would be necessary and urged the consideration to strongly lobby neighbouring councils and the state government to allow the opening up of Sevenoaks Street all the way through.
She said the Canning city centre would benefit from the widening of Cecil Avenue, which could then accommodate potential light rail infrastructure.
The widening of sections of Albany Highway near the shopping centre will require 14 mature trees to be removed; however the applicant will replace the trees two-to-one upon completion of the project.
“It’s not a perfect condition but it will allow for better public transport, while the temporary loss of tree canopy is a horrible compromise,” Cr Cunningham said.