Balcatta shopping centre to become “icon” of area

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A STIRLING councillor says a Balcatta shopping centre will become an “icon” in the area.

Cr Adam Spagnolo made the comments at Tuesday night’s meeting, where council approved the centre at the corner of Karrinyup Road and Grindleford Drive.

The Roselea Village shopping centre will comprise a Woolworths supermarket, BWS liquor store, nine smaller shop tenancies, 318 parking bays and 40 bike bays.

Cr Spagnolo said the former swamp and market gardens site had previously been subject of various development applications including a nursery, service station and “chicken shop”, none of which had eventuated.

Cr Giovanni Italiano was also keen to see development on the prominent lot and said developer Trendsetter Homes had “bent over backwards” to make the proposal work.

“I think it’s the best thing that could happen in the City of Stirling,” he said.

Plan for the Roselea Village shopping centre in Balcatta.

Cr Italiano said ABN Group had assisted by buying several lots around the site, which enabled the draft East Roselea structure plan that is being assessed by the WA Planning Commission.

The City received six objections and 17 supportive submissions on the proposal, with the main concerns about increased traffic, parking issues and inclusion of a liquor store.

A report by the City said 57 trees would be provided in the carpark, eight more than required, but Cr Elizabeth queried the removal of 18 street trees and asked if they could be relocated.

Planning director Ross Povey said he did not think it was possible to move the trees but the City had imposed a condition requiring the developer to provide a tree protection plan.

The development will also include construction of a roundabout on Grindleford Drive to give access to the centre.

ABN Group wants to build a residential area north of the centre.

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