Trinity west retail centre to go ahead

A NEIGHBOURHOOD centre in Alkimos will have more retail floorspace following a Wanneroo council decision.

At its April 5 meeting, the council considered and approved an amendment to increase the amount of retail space allowed at lots 1001 and 1002 Marmion Avenue, on the north-east corner of the Santorini Promenade intersection.

The report was originally due to be considered by the council in March, but withdrawn by administration to consider an extra submission.

During consultation in late 2015, the City received seven submissions, including three objecting to the Trinity West proposal and two querying the retail sustainability assessment.

During deputations prior to the April meeting, Ecorp Project Management’s George Naoum spoke on behalf of owners of the Gateway Alkimos commercial centre, located 700m farther north on Marmion Avenue.

Although it had a variety of uses approved, Mr Naoum said the development was facing challenges.

“It’s very difficult to get tenants to commit and take up space,” he said.

“We only have three firm commitments to the tenancies.”

Mr Naoum said in the slowing economic environment, there were considerable challenges in the medium to long term.

“Neighbourhood centres serve a catchment area within 1km,” he said.

Mr Naoum said the Trinity Village Centre development’s catchment area would overlap the Gateway centre, and the “proper process” had not been followed as amending the local structure plan would require a higher level structure plan to change.

The City’s planning implementation manager Pas Bracone said there had been amendments to local structure plans without changes being made to the district structure plans in other circumstances.

Acting planning director Mark Dickson said due process had been followed, and the consultant found there would not be a detrimental impact.

“Competition is not something that council should consider,” he said.

PB Town Planning’s Peter Simpson gave a deputation on behalf of the Trinity West centre owners, saying both its and the City’s consultants found the proposed increase in retail floor space would not negatively affect other centres.

“The proposed increases would not impact other existing or proposed centres,” he said.

Mr Simpson said 264 jobs would be created at the centre, with 129 resulting from increasing the retail floor space.

Councillor Linda Aitken tried to move a procedural motion to refer it back for discussion at a council forum, but the vote was split and Mayor Tracey Roberts used her casting vote to keep it on that night’s agenda.

Apart from Crs Aitken, Lara Simpkins and Samantha Fenn, the majority of councillors supported the recommendation to approve the change allowing more retail floorspace.

The change will allow the centre to lease up to 5400sq m to retail tenants, rather than 2600sq m.

For a previous story on this issue click here.

The North West Development Assessment Panel will reconsider the plans for the Trinity Village shops from 10am on April 22 at the Wanneroo Civic Centre.

The report recommends approval for shops, a liquor store, pharmacy, convenience store, medical centre, recreation centre and child care centre.

UPDATE: Development backed