Stirling Council calls on authorities to reject plans for Karrinyup Shopping Centre apartment complex

Source: The West Australian

Stirling Council has called on planning authorities to reject amended plans for a 253-apartment complex at Karrinyup Shopping Centre, by Blackburne Property Group.

The council said in its Responsible Authority Report that the height, bulk and scale of the $170 million complex was too big, and would have an adverse impact on the immediate and wider community.

But the objection comes despite equal amount of support for the towers as there are objections.

The council’s consultation period found 36 per cent supported the plan, 36.4 per cent opposed it, 21.2 per cent with a mixed response and the rest with no opinion.

The report noted that most of the objections and mixed responses to the proposal came from people in properties within Karrinyup, while most of the supportive comments were from people from other suburbs.

The council report noted the mixed-use development proposed by Blackburne was an improvement on the preceding development for three towers and 270 units, by AMP Capital, which was approved in September 2021.

Following community outrage over the three-tower plan, AMP Capital invited Blackburne to do a joint venture.

The new design has two buildings, rising 13 and 23 storeys high.

But one of the key complaints from the council was the proposed height, which would tower over neighbouring one and two-storey homes, and the shopping centre, which was equivalent to six storeys high.

”The height of the development is substantially in excess of the prescribed building height in the planning framework and far beyond the extent of potential variation to the prescribed height contemplated in this framework,” the council report stated.

The report stated that “in the absence of any imminent or seriously entertained modifications to the relevant planning framework, the proposed development was not considered to be consistent with the existing or future character of the area and cannot be supported”.

“The future character of the area should not be decided by an individual development,” it stated.

The towers are designed to include below-ground parking for 687 cars. The report stated the area was already congested, and not getting any support from Main Roads.

The project plans two ground-floor restaurants with alfresco dining, as well as communal space and amenities for the residents at ground level and on the roof-top.

A bridge would link both towers.

It would include a residents’ only workspace, as well as a business lounge and a communal golf simulator.

The plans will be considered Metro Inner-North joint development assessment panel on August 25.