(5/4/2018) Woolstores redevelopment recommended for refusal
***Update 19 April - The proposed redevelopment of the Woolstores Shopping Centre has been refused by the Metro South West Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP)***
The Fremantle Council’s Planning Committee has recommended the proposed redevelopment of the Woolstores Shopping Centre be refused by the Metro South West Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP).
The plans for the Cantonment Street site include demolishing the existing 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 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.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said although the application was recommended for refusal, the committee 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,” Mayor Pettitt said.
“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.
“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.