Fresh food peo­ple good to go

Melville Times - - News - Aaron Cor­lett

A BID to over­turn the Metro Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel’s (JDAP) ap­proval of a Wool­worths on the cor­ner of Canning High­way and Reynolds Road in Mt Pleas­ant has failed.

The le­gal bid against the JDAP de­ci­sion was launched by Canning Bridge IGA owner Greg Brindle’s com­pany Milem Pty Ltd and was heard by the Supreme Court in July.

Jus­tice Gail Archer made the de­ci­sion to re­ject the ap­pli­ca­tion for a ju­di­cial re­view on Fri­day, Novem­ber 30 cit­ing that the panel “did not act le­gally un­rea­son­ably as al­leged by the grounds of ju­di­cial re­view”.

A lawyer for Milem Pty Ltd ar­gued that the panel mem­bers should have ques­tioned ad­vice they re­ceived from the City of Melville about traf­fic con­ges­tion.

The panel gave the green light to the su­per­mar­ket in Au­gust 2017, de­spite con­cerns about the $23.5 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment’s im­pact on traf­fic.

The de­vel­op­ment was con­sid­ered by the JDAP in March 2017 when it was de­ferred af­ter 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, which re­places the old med­i­cal precinct op­po­site the two­s­torey McDon­ald’s restau­rant, is 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.

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