VILLAS FOR FRENCHMAN
Frenchman Bay to house 24 twostorey villas as part of major accommodation project granted approval this week.
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.
Bio Diverse Solutions director Kathryn Kinnear withHarley Dykstra senior town planner David Congdon at the site.