Lakelands town centre set to move closer: PHOTOS

LAKELANDS is one step closer to becoming Mandurah's northern hub with plans for a town centre set to be approved by Mandurah city councillors on Tuesday night.

As part of a special council meeting, councillors are recommended to endorse a plan that would see two takeaway facilities, a service station, a liquor store, a restaurant or potential tavern, a 6000sqm supermarket and more.

Set to be built on the current Cobaki Brace site, the city centre would be bordered by new through roads including Banksiadale Gate (current intersection with Madora Beach Road) and through the yet to be built Lake Valley Drive closer south to Mandurah.

Both intersections would be controlled by traffic lights given Main Roads' approval.

Under the proposal set to be endorsed by councillors, the plans are just a footprint for the future works. 

Further applications would need to be made and approved by councillors before the work would go ahead on individual businesses.

The development, valued at $30million would be built in two stages with a ‘main street’ and ‘town square’, a retail centre to include a 6000sqm supermarket, a 1500sqm ‘mini major’, 4500sqm of additional retail tenancies, a 1250sqm liquor store, a 1500sqm restaurant or potential tavern, a service station, two fast food outlets, more than 1000 car parking bays and associated servicing and landscaping to be completed in stage one.

According to a report entered to councillors, stage two would encompass further development of the retail centre to include another ‘anchor’ in the form of a discount department store, a medical component and additional specialty retail as well as offices, cafes, a community centre and other mixed use. It would also include extensions to the parking areas. 

Under conditions of the build, the works would need to be "substantially commenced" within two years for the proposed approval to be valid. 

At this stage, no future operators of the site have been identified but given the expected endorsement by councillors on Tuesday, applications can be made to the City after approval is granted.

Given there will be five Woolworths supermarkets in the area when Manduah's Central Park development is completed and a potential four Coles in the region should the expected Progressive Supa IGA takeover in Halls Head go ahead, it is not known if either supermarket giant will take up residency in the Lakelands development. 

Also to note, on the plans is a Lakelands Train Station at the rear of the suburb, but no official announcement has been made in regards to any second Peel station.

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