Hillarys: development assessment panel blocks endeavour to double apartments in Whitfords centre

The proposed changes included increasing the building from six to nine storeys with 87 rather than 42 apartments.
The proposed changes included increasing the building from six to nine storeys with 87 rather than 42 apartments.

THE Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel has pushed back a developer’s bid to double the number of apartments in the Whitfords activity centre.

Scentre Group applied to amend plans approved last November for the Endeavour Precinct in Hillarys, proposing to increase the number of apartments from 42 to 87 and the height of one building from six to nine storeys.

The change would have also increased the value from $32 million to $42 million and resulted in a shortfall of 76 commercial parking bays.

At the July 10 panel meeting, Scentre Group’s Andrew Carville and Urbis director Kris Nolan said changes were minor and could be considered as an amendment to the original plans.

However, three of the five panel members agreed with the City of Joondalup’s recommendation to refuse it for consideration as it substantially changed the approved plans.

In moving that recommendation, Joondalup Councillor Christine Hamilton-Prime said the original plans had the “right balance” of residential, commercial and parking elements.

The 2017 proposal included a four-storey commercial building and a six-storey apartment block with commercial tenancies on the ground floor.

“The amendments are not minor but substantially change the approved development,” she said.

Cr Philippa Taylor said it would be “dangerous” to consider the changes without public consultation, although City staff and the applicant had said consultation was not necessary given the location in the shopping centre precinct.

Presiding member Karen Hyde said the increases would create a “somewhat inhospitable environment” for people living in the block.

Ms Hyde suggested if a new application rather than an amendment was lodged, it could come up with a better outcome.

In opposing the recommendation, panel members Sheryl Chaffer and Fred Zuideveld said the land uses and building footprint of the development had not changed.

The site beside Endeavour Road is currently used as a carpark for Whitford City shopping centre.

The plans approved last year featured a four-storey commercial and retail building and a six-storey mixed use building, with a plaza between them.