Florist finds new field

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

WITH the threat of Su­bi­aco’s Sta­tion Street Mar­kets re­de­vel­op­ment loom­ing in 2015, popular stall The Flower Mar­ket has set up a per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion right across the road. Owner Ron Hay­ward opened his Hood Street ware­house to the pub­lic this month to en­sure the new re­tail site was well-es­tab­lished when the mar­kets in­evitably close. Although de­ter­mined to con­tinue trad­ing at Sta­tion Street “to the very end”, Mr Hay­ward said he needed to take con­trol and start the tran­si­tion early. “Once we get dis­em­barked from the mar­kets, it be­ing such a des­ti­na­tion, we would only have had the good­will of our cus­tomers left,” he said. “We want ev­ery­one to know that even once the mar­kets are gone, we will still be here. “I’m en­cour­ag­ing our cus­tomers to come over now and have a look. Inside the mar­kets we do re­ally well with the fruit and veg and meat on of­fer around us, so we know the only way to live out­side that is to build a des­ti­na­tion of our own.” Mr Hay­ward said Christ­mas was one of the busiest times of year for flow­ers, es­pe­cially for fes­tive holly and poin­set­tia plants. “I couldn’t say the ex­act num­ber, but we prob­a­bly sell at least a cou­ple of thou­sand poin­set­tias ev­ery De­cem­ber,” he said.

COTTES­LOE’S Blue Wa­ters Café restau­rant owner Frank Wilson is the first per­son to ask for five storeys at Cottes­loe Beach.

“Coun­cil staff are cur­rently in the process of work­ing through the ap­pli­ca­tion, which will be as­sessed for con­sid­er­a­tion by Coun­cil in the New Year,” Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins said.

Mr Wilson’s ap­pli­ca­tion will use the con­tro­ver­sial Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme No.3 (LPS3), which after a decade of ar­gu­ment was changed by the State Gov­ern­ment for up to eight storeys at the Ocean Beach Ho­tel at the north­ern end of the beach strip and six storeys at the Il Lido Restau­rant at its south­ern end this year.

Last week, Mr Wilson’s de­sign­ers Kerry Hill Ar­chi­tects sent a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for the take­away-cafe site at the cor­ner of Marine Pa­rade and Warn­ham Road.

Mrs Dawkins said the ap­pli­ca­tion for three storeys at ground level and two set back from the roads com­plied with LPS3 and was a “high-qual­ity ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign with equally high-qual­ity build­ing fin­ishes”. “It takes con­sid­er­a­tion of the weather con­di­tions on our beach­front, and is in keep­ing with the Cottes­loe beach­front aes­thet­ics,” she said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d431234

An ar­chi­tect’s per­spec­tive of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment.

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