I’ve just been looking through the 62 page development application for Westfield Belconnen, and can’t believe it hasn’t attracted more attention in the mainstream media.
For those unaware of the background, Westfield agreed to construct a new look ACTION bus interchange on it’s land in return for approval to redevelop unused land and parking areas around its massive site.
And what a deal they got.
Included in the whole development, (and granted not all of this is Westfield’s) are 3 x 10 storey high rises, and 2 x 18 storey buildings.
The cost must be enormous.
Specifically, on Westield’s existing western carpark, near the supermarkets, will go 350,000 sq mtrs of retail space, and 500 extra car parking spaces. On the vacant block of land between the Luxton street traffic lights and the entrance to Westfield’s loading docks, will go a 10 storey building, with 3 levels of parking and 7,000 sq mtrs of retail space.
In the area to the West of that block, generally known as the place the circus usually sets up it’s big tops, will be two buildings, both of 10 storeys. One with 18,000 sq mtrs of retail and residential space, and the other with 200 home units and 3,700 sq mtrs of commercial space.
The other developments are on the existing car park opposite Magnet Mart for a 3 storey commercial building with some retail; and 2 18 storey buildings on the southern side of Swanson Court, one for ‘mixed use’ with retail and units, and the other with 13,300 sq mtrs of parking and 246 home units.
The road changes include removing the exclusive bus lane near Lathlain Street (to be replaced by retail and parking), relocating the pedestrian bridge from Lathlain Street to the shopping centre, and an extension to Cohen Street.
As I said, for such a huge development, I’m surprised it hasn’t attracted more attention.