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