De­sign changes con­cern res­i­dents

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

AP­PROVAL for ad­di­tional apart­ments at the Taskers de­vel­op­ment on McCabe Street in Mos­man Park is on hold while Fre­man­tle Coun­cil con­sid­ers some pro­posed changes to the $8.5 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment.

The Tekona de­vel­op­ment, by Gary Dempsey De­vel­op­ments (GDD), has pre­vi­ously been ap­proved by the Joint Metro South West De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel, but GDD now wants to raise the height of the walls by three me­tres to 49.5m and the roof 2.4m, to con­vert some three­bed­room apart­ment into two bed­rooms to “re­spond to the mar­ket”.

The coun­cil re­cently de­ferred GDD’s ap­pli­ca­tion to en­large the un­built five- storey, 20- apart­ment block to ac­com­mo­date six more apart­ments.

Another five- storey block, called Fal­con, a three- storey block and town­houses are be­ing built on the 5609sq m site bor­der­ing Fre­man­tle and Mos­man Park coun­cils.

But the re­quest to change Tekona’s de­sign spec­i­fi­ca­tions be­fore Fre­man­tle Coun­cil com­pletes a pol­icy on in­creased heights at Taskers, the Matilda Bay Brew­ery and nearby One Steel sites, has an­gered some Mos­man Park and North Fre­man­tle res­i­dents, who have ex­pressed con­cerns about traf­fic, over­crowd­ing, pri­vacy, noise and dust from the three lo­ca­tions.

“This (Taskers) de­vel­op­ment al­ready em­bod­ies the worst of what we fear on the rest of the McCabe Street sites, as it is in ef­fect a pri­vate en­clave with no re­la­tion­ship to the rest of North Fre­man­tle or in­deed Mos­man Park,” North Fre­man­tle Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion con­venor Ger­ard MacGill said.

Buck­land Hill res­i­dent Les­ley Wall said build­ing dust had blown into neigh­bour­ing homes and a flap­ping flag on a crane was keep­ing res­i­dents awake.

“The rea­son we’ve got R160 Fre­man­tle apart­ments next to R12.5 Mos­man Park houses is it’s just an easy op­tion for Fre­man­tle Coun­cil to reach its den­sity tar- gets on its out­skirts when they should be do­ing it in cen­tral Fre­man­tle,” Buck­land Hill res­i­dent Garry Bishop said

Buck­land Hill res­i­dent Les­ley Wall claims build­ing dust from the Taskers de­vel­op­ment is blow­ing into neigh­bour­ing homes.

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