Como: No planning approval for Farmer Jack’s on Canning Highway

Artist impression of the proposed development at 264-270 Canning Highway, Como.
Artist impression of the proposed development at 264-270 Canning Highway, Como.

A PLAN to build a Farmer Jack’s supermarket in Como has been dealt a further blow after a development application for the Canning Highway site was formally refused last week.

Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel presiding member Rachel Chapman said ongoing uncertainty, particularly relating to truck access, gave the decision makers little choice on Friday.

“We need to have enough confidence and comfort that the resultant development can be met in the manner that we approve it,” she said.

“I think conditions put forward in the alternative recommendation still don’t properly address those matters.”

At the heart of debate was Main Roads WA’s recommendation for refusal based on its review of the applicant’s design plan, which planning solicitor Craig Wallace said was essentially a concept plan.

“Main Roads was suggesting that the design plan didn’t have enough details for them to make the recommendation,” he said.

“They’re all minor design issues but enough to create uncertainty in the minds of JDAP.”

The design of the site’s exit crossover on to Canning Highway was considered a collision risk.

The panel also deemed the design plan for a standard 12.5 metre vehicle to enter and exit the site did not conform to Main Roads WA specifications.

Other issues discussed included a 15 per cent reduction of the minimum car bays, the frequency of goods delivery to the site and vehicle access from Hobbs Avenue.

“While the City and council want to encourage commercial development, we cannot do so if it creates significant problems,” South Perth councillor Colin Cala said.

The panel had deferred a decision on the development application in June last year, which led to the plan being revised and resubmitted with greater building setbacks from the southern boundary and a redesigned exit.