City of Wanneroo against proposal for Banksia Grove Aldi store

City of Wanneroo against proposal for Banksia Grove Aldi store

PLANS for an Aldi supermarket in Banksia Grove will go before the North-West Metropolitan Joint Development Panel this Monday.

The supermarket chain has applied to build a store and liquor store between Jewel Way and Coles on land owned by the Housing Authority.

A report by the City of Wanneroo recommends refusing the application because it does not satisfy the staging, screening, pedestrian access and landmark requirements of the Banksia Grove District Centre Agreed Structure Plan.

“By not satisfying these requirements, the proposed development is not considered to sufficiently contribute to an active, pedestrian-focused and attractive public realm along the main street of the district centre,” it said.

It has also provided an alternative recommendation for approval subject to 24 conditions.

This includes requiring the applicant to submit revised plans showing pedestrian access to the building oriented towards Ghost Gum Boulevard and an architectural feature at the south-eastern corner of the building.

The report found the development did not comply with the plan because it should be screened behind smaller tenancies and mixed-use principles were not achieved.

“Without the required concurrent development of residential and non-retail commercial land uses, there is the risk that the district centre will be dominated by retail land uses in the foreseeable future,” it said.

The proposal was advertised for public comment in July, with one submission received relating to connectivity between the Coles, Woolworths and Aldi stores and the other querying the listed address of Flynn Drive.