16/08/2021 - 15:37

Bunnings' $28m Jolimont move another step closer

16/08/2021 - 15:37

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Hardware giant Bunnings’ plan to relocate from Subiaco to Jolimont is another step closer, after City of Subiaco planning officers recommended council endorse the $28 million proposal.

The proposal features a warehouse, an outdoor nursery, café, balcony, playground and two small commercial tenancies. Image: TDL

Hardware giant Bunnings’ plan to relocate its Subiaco store to Jolimont is another step closer this week, after City of Subiaco planning officers recommended council endorse the $28 million proposal when it meets tomorrow.

The development application, which is being spearheaded by planning consultancy element, has sought approval for the construction of a warehouse, an outdoor nursery, café, balcony, playground and two small commercial tenancies at the 9,900 square metre site.

The submission comes 12 months after Bunnings first unveiled its plans to build a four-storey warehouse at 616 Hay Street, which it purchased for $13 million back in 2017.

City of Subiaco planning officers have urged councillors to recommend the Metro Inner North Joint Development Assessment Panel approve the proposal when it considers it next month.

According to an agenda published ahead of tomorrow night’s council meeting, planning officers have found the plans to be consistent with the city’s local planning guidelines and have been endorsed by the design review body.

The latest design iteration is the second to come before the City of Subiaco’s planning department, after Bunnings went back to the drawing board following community backlash.

The initial proposal raised the ire of surrounding residents, with more than 80 per cent of the 165 submissions received during the public consultation period objecting to the proposal.

Those against the development raised concerns about the building’s height and bulk, as well as whether the design was in keeping with the surrounding area and its potential to create traffic congestion.

The move from its Salvado Road home of three decades is expected to represent a $55 million investment by the hardware giant, with 120 jobs during the construction phase and 30 additional staff to be employed when the new store is fully operational.

It is understood the company had attempted to pursue a similar development several years ago, but that it was knocked back.

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