Twice the size proposal

Portrait of bride and groom by church
Portrait of bride and groom by church

The Council voted to release the Whitford activity centre structure plan, prepared by Westfield, at its meeting on Tuesday night.

Westfield first proposed an expansion of the Hillarys shopping centre in 2011, doubling the centre to about 90,000sqm of retail space.

Under the State Government’s activity centres’ policy, introduced in the same year, any expansion of a shopping centre above 20,000sq m requires a structure plan for the area, including housing density and land use targets.

Westfield’s original structure plan proposed higher density housing along Endeavour Road.

It included buildings up to 15-storeys in its centre and new roads for the area.

At the time, Joondalup Council declined to advertise the proposal.

The revised plan, which will now be advertised to residents and land owners within 400m of the centre, covers a smaller area and would allow buildings up to six storeys.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard was keen to make it clear the structure plan was not developed by the City, telling the meeting it had been ‘forced on us by Westfield’.

‘This structure plan has more holes in it than Eliza’s bucket,’ he said. ‘It has the potential to have a significant adverse impact on the residential amenity and traffic flows in the area.

‘It is driven by a desire to have a bigger footprint on a site already under pressure in terms of parking and traffic,’ he said.