Future redevelopment of Fremantle landmark on the horizon

Future redevelopment of Fremantle landmark on the horizon

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has approved an amendment to the Town of East Fremantle’s local planning scheme, bringing more certainty and clarity for the community.

The amendment focuses on heritage, design and local amenity considerations to guide redevelopment on the State Heritage-listed Royal George Hotel site.

Future redevelopment will need to prioritise high-calibre architecture and design that enhances the heritage value of this local landmark, and responds to nearby streetscapes.

Development controls, including a height limit and objectives for zoning, have been put in place to ensure that development on the Royal George Hotel site will be high quality and in keeping with the local character.

A maximum height of 28 metres above the lowest point – or around one metre higher than the hotel’s spire – has been agreed, consistent with the Town of East Fremantle’s recommendation and community expectations.

Development applications for the site will be subject to planning approvals, including review by the State Design Review Panel and assessment by the Heritage Council of Western Australia.

“I welcome this amendment to the local planning scheme for East Fremantle which represents the culmination of extensive community consultation, discussion and collaboration between all parties,” said Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.

“The modified scheme takes into consideration the views of the Town and community and the landmark significance of this State Heritage listed place.”

Bicton MLA Lisa O’Malley said, “This amendment will ensure any future development of the Royal George Hotel is of a scale consistent with its heritage significance and community expectations.

“With a balance struck, the work to rejuvenate and return this cherished site back to life can now begin.”

State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said it’s been a long road and a lot of work to reach this point.

“The scheme protects the unique heritage of the neighbourhood, while allowing sensible development which will see the long awaited restoration of the Royal George.”