Work on centre set to start early 2015

An artist’s impression of the shopping centre as viewed from ground level.
An artist’s impression of the shopping centre as viewed from ground level.

The North West Metropolitan Development Assessment Panel (DAP) approved the application by Woolworths for the centre on Butler Boulevard between Camborne Parkway and the Butler Train Station.

Woolworths Marketplaces and Big W regional development manager Andrew Loveday said they were grateful for the City of Wanneroo and WA Planning Commission’s support for what he hoped would be the ‘best sub-regional shopping centre in Perth’.

‘The project will complement the new railway station and represents an investment of over $80 million,’ he said.

‘It will generate over 1000 jobs in the region and the creation of over 70 new businesses.

‘We now move to the design documentation stage of this project with an anticipated construction start date of early 2015.’

Mr Loveday said they looked forward to receiving final consent and reviewing the conditions.

At the meeting, Rowe and Associates senior planner Sean Fairfoul said his client, Woolworths, wanted the condition restricting the retail floor space to 21,848sq m changed.

He said the planning scheme’s definition of what constituted retail floor space differed from that of the retail sustainability assessor, who had excluded back of house space in the supermarket and department store.

DAP presiding member Karen Hyde said the five panellists did not have that information before them but could defer a decision and reschedule the meeting if Woolworths insisted on the change.

Mr Fairfoul said his clients would prefer a decision that day, having submitted the planning application a year earlier.

The panel also considered two options for the pedestrian route through the shopping centre, with the City recommending Woolworths maintain ownership but keep it open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

However, WAPC north west metropolitan planning director Kym Petani said it should become an easement to ensure public access ‘in perpetuity’ and the panel approved the easement.

It also changed the access to 364 days a year after Mr Fairfoul said it would ensure no one could claim adverse possession rights. The one day it would close would be Christmas Day or Good Friday.

Panellist Paul Dreschler said the shopping centre would be convenient for the community and there were no problems with its design.

‘It’s an important development on the urban front,’ he said.

The 7.95ha development will include a liquor store and restaurant, a 1051-bay parking lot, a main street next to a town square and about 70 shops, as well as the supermarket, department store and four mini-major stores.