Residents take issue with car park wall

Caroline Eriksen and Lisa Beatty standing at the carpark with the wall and their properties in background.
Caroline Eriksen and Lisa Beatty standing at the carpark with the wall and their properties in background.

Last year, they opposed an amendment to move the centre’s planned basement carpark to the western half of the shopping centre lot.

The City of Wanneroo approved the amendment with the inclusion of a two-metre wall, a three-metre landscaping buffer, non-mountable kerbing and wheel stops for bays facing the wall.

Nicholas Road residents Lisa Beatty and Caroline Eriksen said the changing height of the wall had caused ‘major security issues’ to those neighbouring the site.

‘The poor design and build of the western boundary wall along Wyatt Grove Shopping Centre has allowed a ledge or ‘step’ to be built as the wall is not flush,’ Ms Eriksen said.

‘Cars and people can see into everyone’s property including bedrooms, bathrooms and washing lines.

Claimed changes to the height of residential blocks, at the south-west boundary of the site, and the inclusion of an access road from Nicholas Road have also caused concern.

City planning director Len Kosova said the City had granted three amendments to the original plans and residents did not need to be consulted on all changes.

Mr Kosova said the City had not approved the fill level of the residential lots.

‘This has been drawn to the developer’s attention and will be addressed as part of a broader City of Wanneroo review that is currently occurring, to identify all areas of non-compliance with the City’s planning approval for the adjacent shopping centre site and the residential land,’ he said.

Wyatt Grove Developments chief executive Greg Kimpton said the company was ‘happy to continue to work through any legitimate concerns of residents with the local council to find appropriate resolutions.

‘We have made substantial effort to accommodate the needs of our new neighbours.’

Shopping centre has more open for business

More tenancies opened at Wyatt Grove Shopping Centre last week.

They included a coffee shop and newsagency.

“We have had a fantastic response and visitor flow to the new Caffissimo, Bento Mee and Hocking News stores that opened last week,” a centre spokesman said.

‘And there are more tenancies opening in the coming weeks.’