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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 approvalĀ  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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Posted in city of fremantle, development, local government, property, Uncategorized by freoview on November 6, 2018


It is interesting to note that many property owners appear to be unaware-or pretend to be-that one needs planning approval to build a fence in Fremantle, as one does in other local councils.

On this Wednesday’s Fremantle Council Planning Committee agenda there are four items which deal with the unauthorised erection of fences.

Two of them are in Oldham Crescent, Hilton, one in Swanbourne Street, Fremantle and the other one in Harbour Street in South Fremantle.

The Officer’s Recommendation is for refusal of the fences of three of the four applications, so it will be costly for those three property owners to remove them and build new and approved ones. Be aware of the planning regulations in Fremantle!

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 11, 2010

The direction to the Cottesloe Council by the State Government to change the height restrictions for new buildings, along a 700 meter stretch along the ocean, to five and even eight storey high, is a serious concern for the people of Fremantle as well, with developers pushing for high-rise and high density projects in our city.

If local people have no say anymore as to how they want their cities to look, democracy has been kicked out of the door, and greedy, money hungry, developers will be able to get away with almost anything. Shame on you Colin Barnett!

Roel Loopers


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