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Save the West End- Again!

Public Consultation on Now

One of the key policies of Council, the 1992 West End Conservation plan, original drafted by Fremantle Society committee member Agnieshka Kiera, is out for public comment until 7 September.

If you have time TODAY, there is an information session run by council at the Moores Building 4 till 6pm.

Alarming Trend by Developers: Developers are seeking to have weaker council policies for obvious reasons, and the Fremantle Society has heard disturbing examples of how developers have so much influence within councils, and formerly respected institutions like the Heritage Council. One council is paying a consultancy, with a poor track record of protecting heritage,  $150,000 to review its policies to allow 'more flexibiility' and room for 'architects to express themselves.'

The Fremantle Society is speaking with experts, both within Western Australia and outside it, to formulate a considered professional response to what is a critically important document for the future of the West End.

Our view so far is that the proposed new policy WEAKENS heritage protection rather than strengthens it, is promoting unacceptable new storeys on top of heritage buildings, is not protecting roofscapes, and is not dealing with the litany of disasters we have seen in recent years in the West End where anythings seems to be permissible, and where the Heritage Council is delegating its responsibility to the council instead of doing its job of scrutinising applications.

Key issues include protecting existing form, height, quality, bulk and scale, roofscapes, authentic shopfronts, reinstating verandahs, removing paint where advisable, and getting Notre Dame and its 47 buildings to be part of the solutions.

Please see the Have My Say section on council's website and wait a week for further analysis from the Fremantle Society before making a submission by 7 September.

John Dowson
President
The Fremantle Society
26 August, 2020

 

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