Galleria Shopping Centre expansion changes gets green light from JDAP

Artist impression of the Galleria redevelopment.
Artist impression of the Galleria redevelopment.

THE Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) has supported additional food and beverage shops and parking changes as part of the approved Galleria Shopping Centre expansion.

In September 2016, the City and the JDAP approved co-owners Vicinity Centres and Perron Group’s proposed expansion of the centre.

At its meeting yesterday, the panel supported applicant Rowe Group’s amended development application, subject to conditions, 5-0.

Changes to the $350 million redevelopment include modification to the Russell Street Plaza including a third and fourth floor tenancy and reconfigured parking areas adjoining Russell Street, Rudloc Road and Dewar Street with the provision of five storeys of carparking.

Other changes include the relocation of a Water Corporation stormwater compensating basin and minor adjustments to internal tenancy layout including a 500sq m floorspace increase and proportional increase of food and beverage shops.

Rowe Group senior planner Sean Fairfoul’s request for the reinstatement of the relocated bus stop between two driveways and the number of car bays to be generally in accordance to the City’s town planning scheme were supported by the panel.

According to a City of Bayswater officer’s report, the ultimate development plan would not be developed before 2031 because of the scale and nature of the development.

The redevelopment will result in an expansion of floor area from 73,365sq m to 179,415sq m for the primary development, and to 260,000sq m on completion of the ultimate development.

The City received 36 submissions from ratepayers living within 500m of the centre, which involved concerns over the lack of parking, land use mix, impact of increased businesses on existing businesses and the 14-day consultation period being too short.

Bennett + Co senior associate Dalitso Banda, who spoke on behalf of the neighbouring Coventry Village, said tenants were concerned over the impact of the proposed amendments to the Galleria redevelopment on 32 businesses.

Mr Banda said the owners did not have a full 14 days to respond to the amended application.

City of Bayswater planning officer Steven De Piazzi said 14 days was the minimum timeframe which could not be extended due to the deadline for the officers’ report to be submitted to the JDAP.

He said there was no requirement to advertise the application due to its minor amendments but the City did so because the large scale of the overall development.

Bayswater Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish said while the redevelopment was “exciting”, he was concerned another Morley ratepayer felt they did not have an opportunity to be consulted.

Vicinity Centres was contacted for comment.

UPDATE, 3.20pm: Vicinity Centres spokesman Courtney Hart said the proposed major redevelopment and expansion would see Galleria become “a super regional centre and one of Perth’s leading retail destinations”.

“We look forward to sharing our plans for Galleria in the near future and will keep our community and stakeholders informed when possible,” he said.

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