Some details of your article need to be clarified. No Coles redevelopment was rejected. No application to develop was received. Council opted not to sell the adjacent car park to Coles, as requested in a massive petition presented to council.
Council has not rejected the development proposal on Hay/Olive streets proposed by Devwest. The Development Assessment Panel is the approval body and it rejected it.
The Premier is obviously keen to build a new stadium. However, a couple of important issues remain.
A contract has not been let to construct the stadium. That cost will be interesting, together with the over-runs that will be inevitable. The state’s finances may necessitate a re-think.
In addition, the site is locked between the river and Polly Farmer Freeway on three sides. It has huge access issues. We are told all patrons will all go by public transport. That means about 60,000 people trying to get on the Armadale train line, or they can walk over a proposed bridge the East Perth.
Where do they go then? A plan is on the Burswood Stadium website. Subiaco has three train stations, reasonable parking, and a great hospitality industry.
Subiaco council is having “constructive conversations” with developers and the community. That is by way of the town planning scheme review. Proposals for up to eight storeys have been recommended for the Markets site in Rokeby Road, amongst other forward-thinking proposals that develop Subiaco without destroying it.
The Doyle Court proposal, opposite the Post Office, is another great example of development whilst retaining the character. The owners should be congratulated.
Planners agree that Subiaco hasn’t got the roads or infrastructure to facilitate city-type buildings. We have first-hand experience of what happened to West Perth ” we do not want to repeat that?
Strip shopping has been under threat in most locations due to a revolution in retailing, and consumers wanting to save money (not a bad thing in itself).
Rents escalated dramatically in Subiaco; that is probably now being reversed and is a painful economic process. Subiaco retail has also been affected by redevelopment in Perth and Claremont.
These comments are my views and not necessarily Subiaco council’s