Tussle over final details of Innaloo shops redevelopment

Artist impression of the Westfield Stirling redevelopment.
Artist impression of the Westfield Stirling redevelopment.

INNALOO shopping centre developers and the City of Stirling are struggling over the final details of the centre’s $830 million redevelopment set to start later this year.

The Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel granted original approval in July 2015 and endorsed amendments in 2016 and 2018.

Scentre Group sought more changes, including to boundary setbacks, car parking and pedestrian access, at the June 26 panel meeting.

The City recommended approval subject to amended conditions.

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Scentre development executive Damon Dimitrijevic said they had “spent many years” working on what would be “the largest retail redevelopment in Perth” and wanted to start construction before the end of the year.

He said they and City staff had negotiated “right up until the death” to try to agree on changes but the City made it clear information from Scentre had not previously been forthcoming.

Artist impression of Westfield Stirling – redeveloped Innaloo Shopping Centre.

Planning officers noted on several occasions they had either requested information that was not provided or it was received at a “late stage”.

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But Urbis director Karen Wright, representing the developer, said at least one of these issues was a “miscommunication”.

The panel approved Scentre’s suggested modified conditions but several of them will require the City’s final approval.