VIL­LAS FOR FRENCH­MAN

French­man Bay to house 24 two­s­torey vil­las as part of ma­jor ac­com­mo­da­tion project granted ap­proval this week.

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Toby Hussey

Villa-style houses which have been dubbed the new bench­mark for hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion will be built at French­man Bay af­ter the project re­ceived ap­proval in Al­bany on Mon­day.

As re­vealed by the Advertiser on Mon­day, a De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel voted unan­i­mously to sup­port a pro­posal by land sur­vey­ors Har­ley Dyk­stra to build 24 two-storey vil­las on the wa­ter­front off the end of French­man Bay Road, near Goode Beach.

Landown­ers MTK Ven­tures will have four years to de­velop the site which will also fea­ture a cafe and con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties. Each self­con­tained villa will have three bed­rooms, two bath­rooms, a dou­ble car­port, kitchen, din­ing and tele­vi­sion rooms, and a gar­den.

The pro­posal was passed with­out much de­bate.

In his clos­ing state­ment, Mayor Den­nis Welling­ton said the project had been pre­pared well and he be­lieved the ac­com­mo­da­tion

The rest of the site is pretty dis­turbed and de­graded. Kathryn Kin­n­ear

“will be a very, very good de­vel­op­ment”. When later asked, Mr Welling­ton said he be­lieved MTK Ven­tures wished to be­gin talks with the City im­me­di­ately.

On the day of the meet­ing, French­man Bay As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Catherine Mac­don­ald said her com­mu­nity sup­ported the pro­posal as long as con­di­tions to pro­tect and pre­serve the area were ap­plied and pre­cau­tions for bush­fires were put in place.

Richard Vog­will, a Goode Beach res­i­dent of 11 years, said he was wor­ried apart­ments at the site could be­come per­ma­nently oc­cu­pied, cre­at­ing “a sub­urb and not a tourist lo­ca­tion”.

How­ever a pro­vi­sion within the agree­ment lim­its a sin­gle oc­cu­pant to three months stay within any 12month pe­riod, with a re­ceipt book to be pro­vided to the City to en­sure this is up­held.

Res­i­dent Giles Watson was the sole op­po­nent on the day and sub­mit­ted a video pre­sen­ta­tion which warned of dam­age to the beach­front, plant life and the area’s en­dan­gered Carn­aby’s black cock­a­too pop­u­la­tion.

The City of Al­bany would only achieve shoot­ing it­self in the foot if the pro­posal was sup­ported, he said.

Bio Di­verse So­lu­tions di­rec­tor Kathryn Kin­n­ear said about five trees con­tain­ing pos­sum habi­tats would be pre­served.

“The rest of the site is pretty dis­turbed and de­graded, and there wasn’t any threat­ened fauna,” she said.

Har­ley Dyk­stra will also be re­quired to con­tinue work­ing with the Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions and the City of Al­bany to re­view the de­vel­op­ment’s im­pact on na­tive an­i­mals. Be­fore works be­gin, an ad­di­tional site meet­ing with the City of Al­bany will be held to de­ter­mine sig­nif­i­cant trees and veg­e­ta­tion to be saved.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Bio Di­verse So­lu­tions di­rec­tor Kathryn Kin­n­ear with­Har­ley Dyk­stra se­nior town plan­ner David Cong­don at the site.

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