East Fremantle: Royal George height issues continue

The Royal George in East Fremantle.
The Royal George in East Fremantle.

EAST Fremantle residents will have another chance to have their say on a seven storey height restriction on the Royal George Hotel.

On Friday November 30, Planning minister Rita Saffioti announced she had requested amendments be made to the Town of East Fremantle original scheme amendments, which restricted any development to six storeys.

The minister’s modifications include limiting the height to a maximum seven storeys, and any development to be subject to review by the State Design Review Panel.

Other modifications include providing additional height on the northern portion of the site in exchange for the retention of existing open space and mature trees.

Town of East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neil said the decision was good news for the Town and the local community.

“It provides us with some certainty regarding development controls for a very important State Heritage listed site,” he said.

“Not only does it recognise the views raised by the local community, but it considers the character, heritage and future planning requirements of the area.

“We look forward to working with the developer on the delivery of their project, which includes the restoration of the Royal George Hotel.”

More: The history of the Royal George development.

Planning minister Rita Saffioti said they were responding to widespread community interest about the site.

“The modifications to Amendment 15 will facilitate the restoration of the Royal George Hotel building and provide for appropriate development on the site to ensure it continues to be a significant heritage landmark,” she said.

“Modifications to Amendment 14 allow for more height in exchange for more open space, the additional height reflects the site’s location on a major transport route and to encourage higher densities close to transport corridors.”