Approval granted for $32m development near Whitford City


An artist’s impression of the Endeavour Precinct.
An artist’s impression of the Endeavour Precinct.

SCENTRE Group received approval for its $32 million mixed use development west of Whitford City Shopping Centre.

The Metropolitan North-West Development Assessment Panel approved plans for a four-storey building and six-storey apartment block with 1265sq m ground floor retail space this month.

The Hillarys site is currently used as a carpark beside Endeavour Road, and the taller building will include 42 apartments with one, two or three bedrooms, plus 103 parking bays.

The northern, four storey building will have 2415sq m of retail or commercial floor space, a landscaped roof terrace and 67 parking bays.

There will also be 34 bicycle spaces and a central plaza to connect the development, known as the Endeavour Precinct, to the shopping centre.

At the November 1 panel meeting, MJA Studio’s Chris Dwyer said the upper level apartments would have views to the ocean and there would be natural light and ventilation to that building.

“It will set a desirable benchmark for future stages of Endeavour Precinct,” he said.

Mr Dwyer asked the panel to change the condition relating to public art on the northern facade of the northern building to require a variation with visual interest on that wall instead.

“It has potential for being built out by future development to the north,” he said.

Panel members agreed to the change, with the City of Joondalup required to approve the design and installation to occur before the building is occupied.

They also agreed to his request to extend the approval timeframe from the standard two years to three years.

“The City does recognise that developments of this scale do need longer times,” the City’s planning services manager Chris Leigh said.

Joondalup councillor Christine Hamilton-Prime said the proposal had the “right mix” for parking but asked the developers to consider providing charging facilities for residents who had electric cars.

Presiding panel member Karen Hyde said she was pleased to see residential development in the centre.

“It’s overall an exciting development and I very much indeed look forward to the final product, event though it’s a few years away,” Cr Hamilton-Prime said.

Cr Sophie Dwyer said they were “taking the lead in showing the community how we can have all sorts of development in one complex space”.

“We are making a beautiful space out of a somewhat ugly place at the moment,” she said.

The panel approved the development, with 22 conditions including one added to require that development substantially start within three years.

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