Protesters sup­port height re­stric­tions at Royal Ge­orge Ho­tel site.

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

DOZENS of protesters gath­ered at the Royal Ge­orge Ho­tel last week.

They were con­cerned about the height of a pro­posed de­vel­op­ment on the site.

Cro­quet squares dec­o­rated the build­ing and groups of signs were on dis­play with mes­sages such as ‘Say NO to royal Ge­orge Ho­tel 21 storey high rise-sup­port your Coun­cil’s six storey height cap’.

East Fre­man­tle coun­cil­lors voted unan­i­mously in June to amend the lo­cal plan­ning scheme to limit the height of any de­vel­op­ment of the Royal Ge­orge Ho­tel to six storeys.

Sara­cen Prop­er­ties, which owns the site, had an­nounced a con­cept plan that in­cluded re­fur­bish­ing the ho­tel and a high-rise apart­ment block with at least 40 apart­ments.

The protest was ahead of a fi­nal de­ci­sion on the scheme amend­ment, which will be de­cided at a con­fi­den­tial WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion meet­ing.

Pro­tester Genevieve Hawks said there was still wide­spread disbelief in the com­mu­nity that a build­ing of such a scale was a real pos­si­bil­ity.

“The protesters are mainly peo­ple who live in East Fre­man­tle who have watched with heavy hearts the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the Royal Ge­orge,” she said.

“The Gov­ern­ment can do some­thing; even at this late stage they can en­dorse the lo­cal coun­cil’s height cap on the site.”

Fel­low pro­tester Tim Cham­bers said protesters sup­ported the coun­cil’s scheme amend­ment.

“There is frus­tra­tion and anger that the Min­is­ter for Plan­ning has not signed or made a com­mit­ment to ad­here to the coun­cil scheme amend­ment,” he said.

“It is an ab­surd build­ing project that in­tends to build an enor­mous high rise on a 740sq m block of land in a dead end street.”

The Friends of the Royal Ge­orge group has de­liv­ered a pe­ti­tion with more than 1800 sig­na­tures to Fre­man­tle MLA Si­mone McGurk.

Pic­tures: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d487876

Protesters call­ing for a height lim­i­ta­tion at the Royal Ge­orge Ho­tel.

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