The Coolbellup Town Centre development is guided by a local structure plan. The future town centre will include a mix of housing densities and commercial and retail activity.
The Coolbellup Town Centre Local Structure Plan (LSP) provides the framework for the future development of the Coolbellup Town Centre. The LSP includes R80 coded residential development, a mix of commercial, retail and residential land uses, landscaping, car parking and a central pedestrian boulevard. The LSP was prepared on behalf of the proprietors of the Coolbellup Hotel site, but covers the whole Town Centre.
The City approved a development application for the redevelopment of the former tavern site (northern half of the LSP area) in 2013. The application includes 150 apartments (one and two bedroom), and nine ground floor commercial tenancies. The developer has since lodged an amendment to the original LSP, seeking approval for a future Woolworths store and separate multiple dwelling development. In September 2016, the Metro South-West JDAP approved the amended LSP.
The amended LSP covers a 3,000m2
supermarket as well as four specialty tenancies, which include a fast food outlet, restaurant, office space and bank.
The City is now working with owners of the remaining portion of the town centre to encourage them to self-fund further studies of redevelopment options.
In 2001, the Department of Housing and the Department of Planning undertook a joint planning study of the Coolbellup Town Centre. This included an Enquiry by Design community consultation workshop, which investigated options for the redevelopment of the underperforming Coolbellup Town Centre.
One of the options investigated the relocation and redevelopment of the Coolbellup Town Centre to the former Koorilla Primary School site and development of the existing site for residential purposes. This was chosen by Council in 2004 as the preferred option, but in 2007 a commercial consultant, Syme Marmion & Co, concluded that Scenario 3 was not feasible and recommended that other options be investigated. Other options included:
Redevelopment and refurbishment of the existing centre with surplus land developed for residential uses;
Relocation of the shopping centre to the corner of Coolbellup Avenue and Waverley Road (hotel site) and redevelopment of the current shopping centre site for residential uses; or
Do nothing leaving owners to undertake repairs, upgrades and refurbishment on an as needs basis.
This conclusion and options were presented to Council in December 2007, with resolution to seek community, land owner and tenant feedback on the options and proposals prepared by Syme Marmion. This consultation was undertaken from November 2008 to January 2009. Analysis of the submissions received and the issues relevant to the project were presented to Council in July 2009.
At this meeting the Council concluded that due to financial risks, the City should not resume the land or proceed any further with the project, but rather encourage the owners to self-fund further studies of redevelopment options.