J-Shed plan re­jected

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

THE WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion has re­jected a pro­posal to de­velop a tav­ern in the J-Shed at Arthurs Head.

The pro­posal was nar­rowly rec­om­mended by the Fre­man­tle coun­cil in May by a 5-4 vote.

Pre­vi­ously the lease was changed to re­duce the pa­tron ca­pac­ity to a max­i­mum of 300 and the size of the lease re­duced by 40 per cent.

The statu­tory plan­ning com­mit­tee pre­vi­ously con­sid­ered the ap­pli­ca­tion in 2016 and re­fused the ap­pli­ca­tion last week on three grounds.

“The pro­posed ap­pli­ca­tion does not com­ply, as it is in­con­sis­tent with the pur­pose for which the land is re­served un­der the scheme, in­con­sis­tent with the or­derly and proper plan­ning of the lo­cal­ity and does not al­low the preser­va­tion of ameni­ties in the lo­cal­ity,” the WAPC re­port said.

“It is not of a na­ture and scale com­pat­i­ble with the use and zon­ing of the sur­round­ing land, the na­ture and pur­pose of the re­served land and the en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ac­ter of the lo­ca­tion.

“Com­mu­nity need for the pro­posed fa­cil­ity in the pro­posed lo­ca­tion has not been iden­ti­fied.”

Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt said he was dis­ap­pointed the rec­om­men­da­tion was not ac­cepted.

“The coun­cil’s rec­om­men­da­tion to the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion back in May was for the scaled­down pro­posal for the JShed to be ap­proved,” he said.

“The City’s in­ten­tion for the J-Shed was al­ways to ac­ti­vate that part of Fre­man­tle with a low-key, fam­ily-friendly venue and pro­vide that con­nec­tion from Fish­ing Boat Har­bour and Bathers Beach through to the port and Vic­to­ria Quay.

“After a long and at times dif­fi­cult process, I think the fi­nal pro­posal that was put for­ward matched up pretty well with our orig­i­nal in­ten­tion.

“If they choose, Sun­set Events can sub­mit an­other de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion or ap­peal the WAPC rul­ing, but that’s a mat­ter for them.”

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