A FIVE-STOREY residential development behind the Guildford Hotel can proceed now Planning Minister John Day has approved an amendment to the local planning scheme.
Any future development is conditional on the restoration of the heritage-listed hotel being completed before construction of the new dwellings can start.
The amendment notes the upper two floors of the residential development will need to be setback to ensure it respects the height of the hotel’s iconic belvedere.
Mr Day said the decision would balance the preservation of an important historic landmark with the appropriate growth of one of the State’s earliest settlements.
“Almost half of the 800,000 new homes needed in Perth and Peel by 2050 to accommodate our growing population will be delivered through appropriate density along major transport corridors and infrastructure,” he said.
“The Guildford town site has historically been a focus of economic activity and the hotel site’s proximity to the Guildford train station makes it a suitable location for a residential development that respects the heritage value of the area.”
City of Swan previously voted to limit the height of development at the back of the Guildford Hotel to two storeys.
Swan will now modify Amendment 121 to include a number of development control requirements prior to it being published in the Government Gazette.