Shopping centre extension gains interest

‘Lend Lease, as owner of Lakeside Joondalup, takes special interest in this matter,’ lawyer Belinda Moharich said.

She agreed an activity centre structure plan needed to be in place before development could be approved and there were no exceptional circumstances in this case.

‘The state planning framework is there to provide a proper hierarchy of centres and a diversity of uses that support the amount of retail spaces approved.’

TPG town planning managing director David Caddy said the proposed development undermined the retail hierarchy listed in state planning policy 4.2.

‘The draft structure plan proposes retail floor space of 95,000sq m, similar to the approved expansion of Lakeside Joondalup in 2011,’ he said.

‘Unlike Whitford City, which is identified as a secondary centre under state planning policy 4.2, Lakeside Joondalup is recognised as a strategic metropolitan centre.

‘The expansion of Whitford City to accommodate the proposed retail floor space has the ability to undermine and significantly impact the primacy of the Joondalup city centre and other secondary and district centres within the City of Joondalup.

‘It would result in an oversupply of retail floor space within the catchment area as Lakeside Joondalup is only 7km north of Whitford City.’

He said if a department store (David Jones) was developed at Whitford City Shopping Centre, it would ‘limit the potential for a second department store at Joondalup’.

Development assessment panel member Rory O’Brien was the only one to support the application, saying shopping centres such as Centro Galleria in Morley, Westfield Carousel in Cannington and Garden City in Booragoon were not planned but market forces guided their development.

‘Lakeside Joondalup has been the primary centre for the last 30 years but Whitford City is growing and developing faster,’ he said.

‘There seems to be a competitive edge.’