Block may be ‘too high’
A PROPOSED seven-storey block at the Taskers apartment development may be too high and fail some Fremantle Council planning rules on its McCabe Street site bordering the port city with Mosman Park.
“A preliminary assessment of the application indicates these criteria may not be met and the proposed height is over 25m, so if this is correct then it would be difficult to recommend support for the application,” a Fremantle Council spokesman said.
This month, Taskers asked Fremantle for seven storeys on the last parcel of land in its multi-block development that has its largest tower directly next to a narrow corner on McCabe Street.
The application caused concern at Mosman Park Council about more traffic congestion on the street, which is the main entry to the town.
Fremantle’s spokesman said the seven-storey site was originally allowed five and a loft, but the approval lapsed.
The council’s height policy now allowed 17m at the site, but 25m could be approved if the plans followed three other rules.
The spokesman said that to improve road safety and capacity the council was working with Main Roads WA on a new design of McCabe Street’s intersection with nearby Stirling Highway.
He did not say when the work would happen, but said discussions about its timing and funding would occur when the plans were finished.
The application is expected to be considered by Fremantle Council in August.