Big changes are coming to Perth’s major shopping centres in the next decade with centre owners and apartment developers joining forces to broaden the centres from stand-alone retail complexes into diverse community hubs known as activity centres.

In 2010 the State Government removed floor caps which had kept retail space at shopping centres under 80,000sqm, opening the way for the wave of shopping centre expansion plans now making their way through the planning process.

The policy shift was part of State Planning Policy 4.2— Activity Centres for Perth and Peel, which oversees the planning requirements for new activity centres and the redevelopment and renewal of existing ones.

For shopping centres, the new policy dictates that expansions will also be required to deliver a mixture of uses including employment, services, access to public transport, entertainment and in some cases a residential component.

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