Locals win height cut

A SEVEN-STOREY limit has been slapped on a proposed $80 million development at the Stirling and Canning Highway intersection, after locals complained it was too high.

East Freo council initially amended its planning scheme to permit nine-storeys on the proposed mixed-use complex opposite the Tradewinds Hotel, but following a community backlash, councillors last week voted to have reduced height and greater setbacks.

Some residents were concerned about congested roads, restricted views and a lack of parking, while others were pleased the proposed development—which would be 60 per cent residential—would activate the “degraded buildings’ at the site, according to a report by council officers.

They recommended the building should not exceed 25.5 metres or seven-storeys on the north section, and 18.5 metres or five-storeys at the south.

The back of the development will have to be set back at least four metres from St Peters Road, which is part of the Plympton Precinct and has mostly single-storey homes.

Royal George

Meanwhile, Saracen have proposed an 18-storey tower of luxury apartments as part of the old Royal George Hotel redevelopment.

As reported in the Chook last week (“Royal reveal for old George” April 21, 2018), council are nervous about the community’s reaction to the tower and agreed to hold off on pushing through height limits, via a planning scheme change, until the developer finishes consultation


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