Decision on shopping centre plan deferred

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts moved the procedural motion to defer the matter until today’s meeting to give the City time to gather more information after the applicant requested changes to the conditions being imposed.

In a presentation to the north-west metropolitan panel, TPG Town Planning managing director David Caddy, representing Coles Group Property Dev Ltd, asked for six conditions to be modified or deleted.

The most contentious was the access point to the proposed shopping centre from Joondalup Drive.

The initial application, lodged in February, requested it be a temporary ‘all movements’ intersection until Golf Links Drive was constructed. However, the City imposed a condition that it be a left-in/left- out intersection only.

Mr Caddy said Coles was willing to accept some of the modification but it believed turning right into the site from Joondalup Drive was critical given the amount of people living to the north of the proposed development who would travel down Joondalup Drive and need to turn right into the centre.

Darren Levey, from engineering company Uloth and Associates, said their traffic management data indicated that right-turn movements were possible and acceptable.

He said Joondalup Drive currently carried about 15,000 vehicles a day, which was projected to become about 22,000 in 10 years. It had the capacity to carry between 35,000 and 45,000.