$20m project fails to win council support

At a special council meeting on Wednesday, the City said it would not support the proposal for 2,812sqm supermarket, four bulky goods showrooms, liquor store and medical clinic because it was not in line with the City’s town planning scheme and strategic plan.

The proposal is for two lots on Johnson Road and one lot on Holden Close in the growing suburb.

It was advertised for public comment late last year and drew a mix of responses from the community with one submission including a petition with 346 signatures in support, while another submission included 608 signatures opposing the project.

Of the 41 submissions the City received, 23 were objections, 16 supported and two neutral.

A report to meeting said the shopping centre could undermine the operation of existing planned and approved commercial centres in the City such as the Kwinana Marketplace and nearby Bertram shops.

It said the centre could affect the City’s well-planned neighbourhood and shopping centres.

The report also raised concern about the real primary use of the centre, as the proponents listed the showrooms as its ‘predominant’ use while a supermarket was ‘incidental’. However, the proponent since told the City the supermarket would be constructed first.

The proposal will go before the Joint Development Assessment Panel for consideration this month.