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Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, local government, western australia by freoview on September 21, 2016



52 Adelaide Street


Subiaco Councillor Julie Matheson, who has announced she will be standing as an independent for the seat of Fremantle at the March 2017 State election, wants Fremantle Council to introduce a cash for height scheme similar to that at North Sydney Council.

Additional discretionary heights would only be approved if the developers make a contribution to a community asset, such as the restoration of old buildings or improving the tree canopy, etc.

Matheson complained in an email to me that the extra height granted by the DAP for the proposed building on the former Spotlight site at 52 Adelaide street does not benefit the community.

I believe this is a good idea as long as the contribution is so significant that I might help deter developers from applying for additional height.

The eight storey building proposed for the location is mediocre and will not greatly enhance the area and that is what concerns me personally more than the height of the building. We are getting too many ugly big new buildings in Fremantle instead of the heritage of the future we would be more willing to accept.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Robert said, on September 21, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Yes, I spoke to Julie on Monday morning, over a cup of coffee, after the Adelaide St DAP meeting with that suggestion to her..
    I just don’t understand that millions of dollars of added value to a site can be given to owners of sites for free. There should be monies paid into a fund for use to preserve heritage, compensation for public open space development and beautification and such..
    So I completely concur.

  2. Brett said, on September 21, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    The North Sydney scheme you’re talking about concerns 30 storey buildings in an incredibly strong development market. The scale allows for big contributions to fund projects of impact. I’d like to see how Julie imagines this working for much smaller, shorter buildings and what sort of projects would/could be delivered on the scale agreed in Fremantle.

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