Wanneroo: servo, drive-thru food outlet, car wash wash and childcare part of commercial development south of Drovers Place

The Ernie Chitty House will be replaced with a commercial development. Picture: Will Russell d479809
The Ernie Chitty House will be replaced with a commercial development. Picture: Will Russell d479809

PLANS for a commercial development south of Drovers Place include a fuel station, drive-through food outlet, car wash and childcare centre.

City of Wanneroo has invited public submissions on the proposal, which also includes a medical centre, self service storage units and a showroom, until March 6.

According to a report prepared by Urbis for developer Saracen Properties, the development covers two lots on Wanneroo Road opposite Clarkson Avenue.

The vacant lot set for development. Picture: Will Russell

Lakewide owns the 3.4ha lot and the report said Bowra and O’Dea, which owns the other 3.28ha lot, would submit plans to develop a funeral parlour on its premises at a later date.

The site includes the vacant Ernie Chitty House, which comes under category three in the City of Wanneroo’s Local Heritage Survey.

The report said the 1950s dwelling was an example of “post World War II market garden dwellings, highlighting the economic climate of the time where returned servicemen purchased dwellings and land off pastoral employees”.

“Chitty House is not intended to be retained as (part of) this development but reference to the historical context of the site will be incorporated into the detail landscape design,” it said.

“Lot 1 and Lot 132 are generally vacant and consist of sandy soils or low grass shrubs.

“There is a scattering of mature vegetation and a heritage dwelling is located in the north-eastern corner of Lot 132.

“The topography of the site slopes from the north of the site towards the south western boundary where the site abuts the regional park.

“The subject site forms part of the Drovers Market Place which comprises of retail, bulky good, health services and light industrial land uses such as self-storage, Pet City, a medical centre and a butcher.”

An artist’s impression of the service station.
An artist’s impression of the showroom.

The report said another limestone cottage from the early 1990s, the Charles Ashby House, was no longer on the site.

The plans indicated a four-way roundabout would be built on Wanneroo Road connecting to a future road into the development and Clarkson Avenue.

“The responsibility for the funding and construction of this intersection is to be determined through this development approval process,” the Urbis report said.

A report about the future Wanneroo Road-Joondalup Drive interchange tabled at this month’s Wanneroo council meeting said urgent upgrades were needed to build a four-way intersection with traffic signals.

A traffic modelling report prepared by TransCore said the roundabout analysis was done because it understood that that Main Roads WA’s current practice and preference was for roundabouts instead of signalised intersections.

It found a dual lane roundabout would “operate satisfactorily and within capacity during the typical Thursday (afternoon) peak”.

The plans are due to be considered by the Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel.

For more information, visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au.

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