$32m, 6-storey apartment development at Whitford City on DAP agenda

An artist’s impression of Scentre Group’s
proposed $32 million development.
An artist’s impression of Scentre Group’s proposed $32 million development.

PLANS for a $32 million, six-storey development at Whitford City shopping centre, including 42 apartments and a community plaza, are on the North-West Metropolitan Development Assessment Panel agenda next week.

The panel will consider a recommendation from City of Joondalup staff to approve Scentre Group’s proposal for two buildings beside Endeavour Road, with 21 conditions, at the November 1 meeting.

The conditions include a public art piece on the northern facade, a construction management plan and relocation of a roundabout on Endeavour Road.

The 6575sq m site is currently a carpark facing Bunnings, west of the shopping centre.

The proposal includes a four-storey northern building with retail or commercial floor space, a roof terrace and 67 parking bays plus 10 bicycle spaces.

It also includes a six-storey southern building that will house the 42 apartments, retail or commercial tenancies on two levels, 103 parking bays and 24 bicycle bays.

The report said the proposal was not advertised for public consultation because it did not vary from the Whitford activity centre structure plan, adopted in 2015, and would not “result in any detrimental impact on the amenity of residents”.

It said the Joondalup design reference panel was supportive of the proposal and did not raise any issues.

A traffic assessment found the demands generated by the development could be accommodated within the existing road network, and the report said the proposed 170 parking bays exceeded the 164 required.

“The key focus of the Endeavour district is to be the community plaza, which will provide a visual and physical pedestrian connection between the established eastern retail centre with the western education and civic district,” the report said.

“The site has a fall of 6m from east to west and thus the architectural design of the plaza incorporates three separate plaza levels.

“Visual links such as paving, artwork and other way-finding devices such as lighting will promote movement through the plaza.”

City of Joondalup submitted the Whitford activity centre structure plan to the WA Planning Commission in September 2015, having previously rejected a draft of the plan in 2013 due to concerns about the effect it would have on other commercial centres, traffic and parking.

The DAP will also consider a recommendation by City of Wanneroo staff to approve a $7.5 million housing development in Landsdale on November 1.

The proposal for 42 Pollino Gardens, submitted by Urbis, includes 27 two-storey dwellings and one single storey dwelling.

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