ANOTHER five-storey development application for Fremantle’s historic West End has been lobbed to the council’s planning department.
Just weeks after the council rejected Notre Dame university’s five-storey nursing unit on the corner of Cliff and High streets, CBD Rev Holdco Pty Ltd have proposed a 122-dwelling apartment project that takes in Customs House as well as the local Centrelink office.
With parking in the basement, the development would include 42 one-bedroom, 73 two-bedroom and 7 three-bedroom apartments, and several large internal courtyards.
The $40 million development takes in four properties, 2 Henry Street and 5, 7 and 9 Pakenham Streets. The four were all built during the gold rush, but only the facades remain. The developers have promised to restore the facades as part of the project.
The sticking point will be the town planning scheme, which only permits three storeys in the West End except under certain circumstances where a fourth storey can be considered.
The development will automatically be referred to a development assessment panel, but Fremantle council is planning a community information session on April 27 at 5.30pm in its reception room.
Fremantle society president John Dowson made his feelings known in an email to members on Wednesday: “The insanity continues,” he wrote.
by STEVE GRANT