Planning Approvals in Freo this Week

City Ward Councillor Adin Lang posted this useful summary of some items from this week’s planning meeting.

The proposed development on the corner of Hampton and South St

Planning committee has approved two new projects that will transform spaces in Fremantle that have been derelict for over 10 years.

The first is the corner of Hampton and South St, currently home to a tired heritage building. The new development will see 8x apartments and 2x commercial spaces constructed. The development breathes new life into this important landmark and entry statement for Freo.

Current building on the corner of Hampton and South St

The second development will see a vacant block at 404 South Tce turned into a new beach themed bar and restaurant, adding more options to the South Freo dining scene.

The operators are familiar with the Freo food scene, currently operating the Comida Do Sul Food Truck.

Proposed new dining option at 404 South Tce
How 404 South Tce currently looks

Looking forward to watching both if these sites transform.

More information on these developments can be found here:

Renders of New Library in Kings Square

These new renders of the soon to be built City of Fremantle library in Kings Square look great.

It will include a spacious interior with double height ceilings, natural ventilation and light as well as fantastic new outdoor under-croft areas.



Fremantle offers up another site for “leading-edge” sustainable development

From the Fifth Estate by Cameron Jewell:

The City of Fremantle is offering up one of its underutilised land holdings to be transformed into a medium to high-density development incorporating cutting edge sustainability.

The announcement comes as the council fronts an inquiry into the federal government’s role in the development of cities, arguing for policy interventions to limit Perth’s urban sprawl.

The 25,316 square metre Knutsford Street depot has been identified as one of the council’s top five corporate actions in meeting its One Planet Council obligations.

As part of a just-released call for tenders, interested parties will have to commit to a development of at least 7 star NatHERS that generates more energy than it uses, diverts 95 per cent of waste from landfill, reduces car parking, includes sustainable materials, has 30 per cent of trees as edible species, reduces potable water by 60-70 per cent, and achieve Silver or Gold level under Liveable Housing Australia guidelines.

The winning bid will also need to offer select sites or an agreed proportion to social or affordable housing, or innovative housing groups. It should also offer a range of housing typologies, involving local artistic and cultural groups.

Fremantle chief executive officer Phillip St John said the proposed sale had strong community support.

“The City of Fremantle prides itself on being a leader in diverse and sustainable housing through initiatives like the WGV development and the recently adopted Freo Alternative infill policy,” he said.

Details on potential land sale price (and potential discounts) were not revealed, however a caveat on the previous 7 Quarry Street site, scheduled to be transformed into a baugruppen development, was that it was to be sold at or above market price.

Calls for more infill support

The announcement comes as Fremantle City Council fronts the House Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities inquiry into the federal government’s role in the development of cities.

It is calling for the state to return to a 60 per cent infill target (up from 47 per cent).

“In Perth it costs the government $150 000 to provide infrastructure for every new lot in outer developments, against $55 000 for infill development,” its submission said.

“By extension WA taxpayers are paying $94.5 million for every 1000 homes built on the fringe of Perth.”

Doing so could save $23 billion by 2050, it said, but was contingent on public transport being invested in upfront, designing for people and place, and committing to greater urban density that is sustainable and includes affordable product.

Committee chair John Alexander was the committee was interested to find out why sprawl continued to even as governments recognised the benefits of infill development.

“The committee is very focussed on uncovering the barriers to a more compact urban form and effective solutions,” Mr Alexander said.

“A business as usual approach to urban development will not resolve significant issues such as traffic congestion and spatial inequality. It is simply not good enough.”

The state government recently suspended work on its Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan for 3.5 million.


Woolstores Shopping Centre Development Application

The Fremantle Council’s Planning Committee has recommended the proposed redevelopment of the Woolstores Shopping Centre be refused by the South West Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP).

The plans for the Cantonment Street site include demolishing the existing Coles shopping centre and carpark and replacing it with a new shopping centre, hotel, office space, retirement units and student accommodation.

Since it was first submitted in March last year the proposal has been revised a number of times in consultation with the City of Fremantle’s independent Design Advisory Committee (DAC).

The Woolstores Shopping Centre is one of 12 sites subject to Amendment 49 in Fremantle’s Local Planning Scheme, which allows a maximum height of 38.9 metres or ten floors on a portion of the site provided the development is of ‘distinctive architecture befitting its location and exceptional design quality’.

The DAC’s advice to the Planning Committee at last night’s meeting was that, even with the revisions, the current plans did not raise the proposal to an exceptional level.

I did mover an amendment though supported by the committee that stated we thought the proposal had significant merit and JDAP should consider allowing the applicant time to make further design improvements.

The Woolstores site is in a prime location near the railway station, Victoria Quay and Kings Square, so any development that goes ahead there will likely become an icon of Fremantle. While we appreciate the efforts of the proponents to get the development to this point, the planning committee was advised the current plan still doesn’t meet the exceptional standard required for that site. And we are required by the scheme to take heed of that advice.

The City is very keen to continue to work with the proponents to further refine the concept and incorporate the recommendations of our Design Advisory Committee.

The Joint Development Assessment Panel will have the final say on the development at a meeting scheduled for 18 April.

Mixed Use Development for 26 Parry Street Fremantle.

A mixed use development is proposed for 26 Parry Street Fremantle. It is a four storey mixed-use building comprising a cafe, tourist accommodation and apartments.

We invite you to comment by 16 April 2018.

Community information session – 5:30 to 6:00 pm 22 March 2018 at Freo Library

More info


$23 million committed to the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings in Fremantle

A good article in today’s West Australian articulating Freo’s commitment to the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings.

Courthouse hotel plans recommended for approval

The proposal to convert Fremantle’s state heritage-listed Police and Courthouse complex into a hotel and restaurant precinct has been recommended for conditional approval by the City of Fremantle’s planning committee.

The development plan includes a 62-room hotel on the police station site, adapting the courthouse into a bar and restaurant and adapting the lock-up and police quarters into shops and commercial units.

The original concept included a six-storey hotel but, following advice from the City’s planning and heritage officers, that was scaled down to five storeys which is consistent with the maximum discretionary height permitted under Fremantle’s local planning scheme.

The City’s recommendation will now be considered by the South West Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP), which has the final say on the proposal.

Should JDAP approve the development, it will be the third major development involving adaptive re-use of important heritage buildings to be approved in the past three months.

In December we saw the approval of a boutique hotel in the Warders Cottages, and in January the redevelopment of the Manning Buildings was approved. If the Courthouse proposal gets the green light from JDAP that will mean more than $23 million has been committed to the conservation and re-use of some of the most important heritage buildings in Fremantle.

Projects like this are an excellent way to attract the significant investment that is required to preserve these important buildings, while also adding the vibrancy of the city and giving people even more reasons to visit Fremantle.

The original Courthouse and Police Station on Henderson Street was built between 1899 and 1903, with further extensions and additions in 1957 and 1978. The complex has been vacant since Fremantle Police relocated to High Street in 2013.

Some of the conditions the planning committee recommended included measures to limit the impact of neighbouring noise on the hotel, the retention of original verandahs and ballustrades and a requirement to submit further details of all conservation works for approval before building work starts.