Court bid to block Wool­worths

Melville Times - - News - Aaron Cor­lett

A BID to over­turn a Metro Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment Assess­ment Panel (JDAP) de­ci­sion to ap­prove a Wool­worths in Mt Pleas­ant has been heard by the Supreme Court, although a de­ci­sion is not ex­pected for weeks.

The le­gal bid against the JDAP was launched by Can­ning Bridge IGA owner Greg Brindle’s com­pany Milem Pty Ltd, with Jus­tice Gail Archer hear­ing from lawyers last week.

Lawyer Michael Hotchkin, from Hotchkin and Hanly Lawyers, ar­gued the JDAP should have ques­tioned the in­for­ma­tion it re­ceived from the City of Melville in re­gards to traf­fic con­ges­tion.

Tech­ni­cal de­tails about the de­vel­op­ment were dis­cussed dur­ing the first day of the hear­ing on July 19 and last week.

The panel gave the green light to the su­per­mar­ket on the cor­ner of Can­ning High­way and Reynolds Road in Au­gust 2017, de­spite con­cerns about the $23.5 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment’s im­pact on traf­fic.

The de­vel­op­ment was first con­sid­ered by the JDAP in March 2017 when it was de­ferred fol­low­ing ques­tions about the pro­po­nent’s traf­fic im­pact study.

Work on the project be­gan in Fe­bru­ary and will in­clude a ground-level Wool­worths store and space for spe­cial ten­an­cies above the shop­ping centre.

The de­vel­op­ment was ex­pected to in­clude two un­der­ground lev­els with bays for up to 236 cars.

In March 2018, the panel ac­cepted a pro­posal for a liquor store and cafe at the site af­ter it voted 3-2 to al­low the con­ver­sion of two shop ten­an­cies.

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