Too high in Hilton

A PROPOSED five-storey expansion of the Foley Village aged care facility in Hilton has been knocked back for a second time.

Southern Cross Care owns the village and wants to add 56 “assisted living” apartments to bridge the gap between independent living and a hospital bed.

The development would also include a 15-bed dementia ward and 15 high-care rooms.

But the South West Metro JDAP recently sided with Fremantle council’s planners that Southern Cross was asking for too much density on the 5915sqm site, and only the WA Planning Commission had the authority to change the rules and make it possible.

Bridge the gap

The development is slated for a parcel of land tucked between Foley’s existing homes, a neighbouring aged care facility and Stock Road.

When the $30 million development was advertised locally by Fremantle council, it received 39 submissions; most from neighbours concerned about traffic, building heights, density and privacy.

A council report notes the demand for “assisted living”, which provides residents with meals (either in a dining area or their unit), and assistance with daily tasks like dressing, cleaning, transport, social activities and medication management.

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