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