CONCERNS about market conditions mean Woolworths will have longer to start building its $12.5 million Alkimos shopping centre.
The North West Metropolitan Development Assessment Panel approved the plans for the Shorehaven Village development, on the corner of Shorehaven Boulevard and Commander Drive, on September 22.
At the request of the applicant, the panel amended a condition to grant planning approval for three years instead of the standard two.
Representing Woolworths, Taylor Robinson Architects director Graham Taylor said they “would like a little more time to develop this site”.
Panel member Ian Birch successfully moved the amendment to change the timeframe for construction to start before approval lapsed, acknowledging prevailing market conditions.
“I’m quite happy with the extension of the timeframe and with the economy the way it is, I think that’s a fair call,” City of Wanneroo councillor Frank Cvitan said.
Having moved the primary motion, Cr Cvitan said while the number of parking bays was below policy requirements, staff were satisfied that the nine-bay shortfall was acceptable.
“It’s not a massive centre, so I think it will service the area quite well,” he said.
Mr Birch asked whether undercroft parking would be possible in future, and Mr Taylor said the design allowed for the shopping centre to expand to a second storey, when it would become an undercover car park.
In May, the panel approved a $20 million Woolworths shopping centre in Butler, which was a scaled- back version from the previous proposal and no longer included a Big W store.
A spokesman said they expected to start building the 3800sqm Woolworths supermarket later this year and open it before Christmas 2017.