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It is a concern that after a year of negotiations the City of Fremantle and Silverleaf Investments still have not reached agreement about the completion of the Atwell Arcade new four-storey building.

The item was on a Planning Committee agenda over a year ago where Councillors were asked to demand that the building had to be finished to planning approval  specifications, but a motion by Councillor Rachel Pemberton was carried that officers would try to negotiate a compromise with the developers.

That this still has not happened is a worry, because Silverleaf is doing three other major developments in the Fremantle CBD; Woolstores, Manning building, Henderson Street Police&Justice complex. Will they be completed to planning approval specifications?

Silverleaf are a major player in inner city Fremantle development and that is important and good for our city. At least they don’t sit for years on properties they buy and land bank, but they rapidly start developing them and that should be acknowledged and appreciated. I certainly do!

But not completing buildings to the specifications of the planning approval given by the City of Fremantle should be a no no, because changes to developments are made often, and details which visually enhance buildings are suddenly left out without Council approval and that should not be allowed.

One of the major complaints from the community about new buildings is the lack of great architecture, so if Council accepts that design features are unauthorised omitted once construction has started we get buildings that are even less attractive than what was approved. That is not acceptable.

Why it has taken so long for Council to put their foot down and demand Silverleaf completes the building to approved specifications is beyond me, especially since there clearly was willingness by Council to find a compromise.

Last time I published a blog article about this issue Silverleaf owner Gerard O’Brien told me it made his wife cry, so let me assure the family business that I do appreciate they are major developers in Fremantle, but that does not mean they should get away with everything they want to do, or suddenly no longer want to do.

Roel Loopers


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  1. luggerite said, on March 12, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Roel, you raise a very important issue. Council are entrusting Silverleaf with unprecedented access to the keys to our city’s streetscapes, environment and heritage. If they are not complying with even the most basic of civic planning/development requirements, where is that taking us? If you don’t pay your gas bill, your use of gas is stopped. You can’t use gas, even if at another site, nor apply for another account elsewhere, until you have paid your bill in full (ie: honoured your commitments).


  2. Robert said, on March 12, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Oh what about the High Street side replacement of original details?


  3. Suzanne said, on March 12, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Attwell was always a shocker because of the Beautiful heritage lost, yet again.
    How they were allowed to build so high, wrecking the streetscape is amazing.
    The beautiful National Hotel once had a 180 degree view from the roof top bar. Now there is a big ugly blue blob on the horizon. That kind of no care attitude is what the powers that be are meant to
    protect. A floor less could have helped.
    Meanwhile the current disagreement continues. I back our Council staying strong.


  4. freoview said, on March 12, 2019 at 11:09 am

    That is not the reputation Fremantle has, Sue. I often hear and read how much easier it is to get development approval in other council, or permits for events, etc. and that Freo is difficult to deal with.

    In the Atwell case they just need to be more assertive.



  5. Suzanne said, on March 12, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Just the norm Roel, sucker the poor uninformed, uneducated in the ways of developers, to get the go ahead.
    Then they just do as they were always going to anyway.
    I think the word is defintely out there.
    Easy-Peasy Freo. Have a go.
    Please don’t cry Mrs Silverleaf.


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