One step closer for Aldi store

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

THE City of Ned­lands sup­ported an ap­pli­ca­tion to knock down the Cap­tain Stir­ling Cen­tre IGA and build an Aldi store but wanted more in­for­ma­tion on po­ten­tial traf­fic is­sues.

Coun­cil­lors agreed at a re­cent meet­ing to re­com- mend Metro West JDAP ap­prove the con­struc­tion of a $10 mil­lion Aldi store and six leasable shops, if sus­pected traf­fic mat­ters were ad­dressed.

The six shops, in­de­pen­dent of Aldi, would face Florence Road and Stir­ling High­way.

The pro­posal also in­cluded the con­struc­tion of a base­ment carpark con­tain­ing 90 bays, in­clud­ing two dis­abled bays, and ve­hi­cle ac­cess from Florence Road.

Mayor Max Hip­kins said there was no good rea­son for the pro­posal not to be ap­proved, but wanted more de­tail on ex­pected traf­fic and carpark ac­cess points.

“The ap­pli­cant said what is pro­posed is re­place­ment of what’s there al­ready; ad­min has said they an­tic­i­pate that Aldi will have a big draw from a greater dis­tance of Cap­tain Stir­ling Ar­cade,” he said.

“The pro­po­nent has its own de­signer and what hap­pens on Stir­ling High­way is out of the con­trol of the pro­po­nent.”

Coun­cil of­fi­cers had rec­om­mended re­fusal be­cause of a pos­si­ble in­crease in traf­fic and im­pact on road and pedes­trian safety.

Mr Hip­kins said the pro­posal would pro­vide 50 per cent more park­ing spa­ces, all of which would be un­der­ground, chang­ing the cur­rent traf­fic flow.

“At the mo­ment there are pres­sures at times when ex­ist­ing carparks are full at the site and peo­ple park ei­ther on Florence Road or at the ho­tel carpark,” he said.

“A 50 per cent in­crease of carpark space will be ac­com­mo­dated on site but be­cause they come from fur­ther away, staff want more in­for­ma­tion how traf­fic will en­ter and exit the site.”

The pro­posal was re­leased for pub­lic com­ment for 21 days from July 27 to Au­gust 17 this year.

The City re­ceived 37 sub­mis­sions, with 25 against and 11 in sup­port, with one ‘no com­ment’.

How­ever, Deputy Mayor and Coun­cil­lor Bill Has­sell said he had never seen an ap­pli­ca­tion for a de­vel­op­ment at­tract so many let­ters of sup­port.

“Many peo­ple have put in sub­mis­sions they want an Aldi store,” he said.

The ap­pli­ca­tion will be con­sid­ered at a Metro West JDAP on Novem­ber 14.

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