Ho­tel height un­der re­view

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

EAST Fre­man­tle res­i­dents will have another chance to have their say on a sev­en­storey height re­stric­tion on the Royal Ge­orge Ho­tel.

Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti an­nounced last Fri­day she had re­quested amend­ments be made to the Town of East Fre­man­tle orig­i­nal scheme amend­ments, which re­stricted any de­vel­op­ment to six storeys.

Her mod­i­fi­ca­tions in­clude lim­it­ing the height to a max­i­mum of seven storeys, and any de­vel­op­ment be­ing re­viewed by the State De­sign Re­view Panel.

Other mod­i­fi­ca­tions in­clude pro­vid­ing more height on the north­ern por­tion of the site in ex­change for the re­ten­tion of ex­ist­ing open space and ma­ture trees.

Town of East Fre­man­tle Mayor Jim O’Neil said the de­ci­sion was good news for the Town and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“It pro­vides us with some cer­tainty re­gard­ing de­vel­op­ment con­trols for a very im­por­tant State Her­itage-listed site,” he said.

“Not only does it recog­nise the views raised by the lo­cal com­mu­nity, but it con­sid­ers the char­ac­ter, her­itage and fu­ture plan­ning re­quire­ments of the area.

“We look for­ward to work­ing with the de­vel­oper on the de­liv­ery of their project, which in­cludes the restora­tion of the Royal Ge­orge Ho­tel.”

Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said they were re­spond­ing to com­mu­nity in­ter­est about the site.

“The mod­i­fi­ca­tions to Amend­ment 15 will fa­cil­i­tate the restora­tion of the Royal Ge­orge Ho­tel build­ing and pro­vide for ap­pro­pri­ate de­vel­op­ment on the site to en­sure it con­tin­ues to be a sig­nif­i­cant her­itage land­mark,” she said.

“Mod­i­fi­ca­tions to Amend­ment 14 al­low for more height in ex­change for more open space; the ad­di­tional height re­flects the site’s lo­ca­tion on a ma­jor trans­port route and to en­cour­age higher den­si­ties close to trans­port cor­ri­dors.”

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d472394

Lo­cals will be able to have their say on the height of the Royal Ge­orge Ho­tel.

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