Block may be ‘too high’

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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