Water­front to reach new heights

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Pierra Wil­lix

An at­trac­tive mix of medium and high-den­sity res­i­den­tial and short-stay apart­ments, hos­pi­tal­ity fo­cused re­tail, of­fices and ur­ban water­front recre­ation uses will con­tinue to make this a pri­or­ity destination on the Rock­ing­ham coast­line.

High-rise de­vel­op­ments up to 24 storeys along the Rock­ing­ham fore­shore are a step closer af­ter City of Rock­ing­ham coun­cil­lors voted to per­mit in­creased height lim­its.

At last week’s coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors voted to ex­tend the present height lim­its for build­ings up to 30m high, or eight storeys, to be in­creased to 24 storeys in the area bounded by Rock­ing­ham Beach Road, Wan­liss Street, Kent Street and Alexan­dra Street, also known as the Water­front Vil­lage.

The of­fi­cer re­port to coun­cil­lors out­lined plan­ning guidelines for the Water­front Vil­lage Sec­tor, with plans to trans­form the area into a “re­gion­ally sig­nif­i­cant beach­front hub with fur­ther re­de­vel­op­ment of un­der-utilised pub­lic and pri­vate prop­er­ties” listed in the plan.

“An at­trac­tive mix of medium and high-den­sity res­i­den­tial and short-stay apart­ments, hos­pi­tal­ity-fo­cused re­tail, of­fices and ur­ban water­front recre­ation uses will con­tinue to make this a pri­or­ity destination on the Rock­ing­ham coast­line,” the plan out­lined.

A to­tal of 34 pub­lic sub­mis­sions were lodged in re­sponse to the possibility of the heights be­ing in­creased, with 24 ob­jec­tions and 10 sub­mis­sions in sup­port.

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