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Not much appeal in wait for tribunal decision

GANDEL Retail Management is not alone in its wait for a final outcome to its appeal to the Town Planning Tribunal.

Among other developments still waiting for the green light is Hawaiian Management’s $80 million redevelopment of the Claremont Central Shopping Centre.

The Town Planning Tribunal heard the appeal case in August last year, with a ruling on the case yet to be handed down.

The appeals process can be a costly one. It is understood that the Town of Claremont has spent more than $200,000 and Hawaiian Management close to $500,000.

Project manager for the proposed $35 million Kelmscott Central Shopping Centre redevelopment, Dr Daniel Chesson, said the costs of running the appeal against the City of Armadale and the WA Planning Commission were around $500,000.

Dr Chesson said delays getting redevelopment plans through were an enormous cost to developers, with ensuing delays also posing a cost to the local economy.

“This one has already taken a number of years, we formally submitted the application back in November 2002,” he said.

Dr Chesson said shopping centre developments were often difficult to get through, partly because the retail policy was often interpreted as a rigid policy and was not reflective of the changes in society and population.

 

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