Sale prompts a chain re­ac­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Suburbs Weekly -

WEST­ERN sub­urbs’ first Aldi su­per­mar­ket will re­place the Cap­tain Stir­ling Shop­ping Cen­tre in Ned­lands.

Aldi WA man­ag­ing direc­tor Vik­tor Jaku­pec said the ac­qui­si­tion of 11 spe­cialty shops and IGA off Stir­ling High­way was an “ex­cit­ing step for­ward” in its tar­get to open 20 stores in WA be­tween June and De­cem­ber 2016.

Ned­lands Mayor Max Hip­kins said the sale prompted an “ur­gent” rec­om­men­da­tion to start fu­ture plan­ning for the shop­ping cen­tre and its sur­rounds at Coun­cil this month.

Wool­worths’ sec­ond ap­pli­ca­tion to re­zone the sur­round­ing Cap­tain Stir­ling site was re­jected at a City of Ned­lands meet­ing on De­cem­ber 16.

“The same dif­fi­cul­ties of ac­cess (why we re­jected the Wool­worths ap­pli­ca­tion) ap­ply to the Aldi site,” Mr Hip­kins said.

“Devel­op­ment is in­evitably go­ing to hap­pen, so this sale has forced our hand in en­sur­ing the whole area is ap­pro­pri­ately planned.

“It has been sug­gested that the State Gov­ern­ment could over­rule us in a sim­i­lar way as they did to Subiaco with 16 storeys at Pav­il­ion Mar­kets. We have that at the back of our minds – the ul­ti­mate ob­jec­tive is to re­main in con­trol.”

Mr Hip­kins said the coun­cil and com­mu­nity cam­paign group Ned­savers would work to­gether to achieve a strong lo­cal plan­ning strat­egy.

Ned­savers co-or­di­na­tor Barry Nunn said he wanted to see Aldi build a mod­est devel­op­ment that ad­vanced the vil­lage hub.

“The over­rid­ing thing is that we can’t have an im­mense scale that will over­whelm lo­cal traf­fic,” Mr Nunn said.

Ned­lands will make the fi­nal de­ci­sion on its plan­ning strat­egy for the Cap­tain Stir­ling site at a meet­ing tonight.

Aldi is mov­ing into the west­ern sub­urbs.

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