(7/12/2017) Warders' Hotel plans recommended for approval
The plans to develop a boutique hotel in Fremantle’s historic Warders’ Cottages have been recommended for approval by Fremantle Council’s planning committee.
The proposal includes restoring and converting the row of cottages bounded by William Street, Henderson Street and Market Lane into an 11-room hotel with a reception area, café, lounge and bar.
It also includes creating a new indoor and outdoor bar and dining area nestled between the rear of the cottages and the Fremantle Markets.
Last night, the Council’s planning committee endorsed a report recommending the development be approved.
That report will now be provided to the South West Joint Development Approval Panel (JDAP), which will have the final say on the proposal.
The JDAP is expected to consider the application at a meeting on 15 December.
Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said a boutique hotel would be a good use for some of Fremantle’s most historic buildings.
“We are very keen to make sure that the Warders’ cottages are not all locked away as private housing where only a limited number of people would get to enjoy them”, Mayor Pettitt said.
“Under this proposal everyone will have the chance to see and experience some of the oldest buildings in Fremantle.
“It will also offer a unique tourism product and will enhance Fremantle’s reputation as an historic tourism city.”
The cottages, built in the 1850s, were originally used to house warders of the World Heritage-listed Fremantle Prison and are a highly visible link to the port city’s unique heritage.
They were purchased by the Department of Housing in 1991 and used as public housing until 2011, after which the cottages were deemed unsuitable for tenants.