‘Historic’ development plan

Claremont Football Club vice-captain Jake Murphy and chief executive Todd Shimmon with the club’s multi-premiership pennant. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d398059
Claremont Football Club vice-captain Jake Murphy and chief executive Todd Shimmon with the club’s multi-premiership pennant. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d398059

It was the night when the council approved redevelopment plans for the premiership club that would deliver a tiered grandstand over two levels, including 1233 seats, coaches and media boxes, and VIP and hospitality suites, as well as a purpose-built football facility with a two-storey gymnasium, changerooms, warm-up area, function rooms, bar and offices.

The Western Metropolitan Joint Development Assessment Panel will make a final decision on the proposal.

While Deputy Mayor Bruce Haynes supported the plans, he presented an amendment removing the addition of 4505sqm of extra commercial space, which would require a change to the Structure Plan.

Cr Haynes said LandCorp could apply for more commercial space as they needed it. Councillors Anita Lorenz and Karen Wood were the only councillors against the amendment, saying it would create an extra cost for the applicant.

The CFC plans have taken more than 4500sqm of the 11,700sqm allocated to LandCorp for commercial use at the site, to use as offices over four storeys in a building at the northern end of the site.

LandCorp metropolitan general manager Luke Willcock said an updated commercial office market assessment suggested that demand for office-commercial space in Claremont would increase to 46,497sqm in 2026. Mr Willcock said while the council did not support a minor structure plan variation to increase office use at Claremont on the Park, it could be done in future.

‘The office floor space variation will once again be sought from council when LandCorp or the Town propose to develop their respective office-commercial sites,’ he said.

Expressions of interest to develop four six-storey residential apartment complexes on Lot 503 close on March 28. LandCorp expects to announce the successful developer mid-2013.