Hon Donna Faragher MEd (Hons) BA (Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC

Hon Donna Faragher MEd (Hons) BA (Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Planning; Disability Services

    Decision made on Middleton Beach

    1/12/2016 11:50 AM
    • Community feedback to inform changes
    • City of Albany's local planning scheme amendment to be modified before approval is given

    Planning Minister Donna Faragher has considered Amendment No.1 to the City of Albany's Local Planning Scheme regarding Middleton Beach, and has requested the City make several modifications to the scheme amendment before approving.


    "There is a high level of community interest in the Middleton Beach Activity Centre and it is important that we get the planning of the site right," Mrs Faragher said.


    "The changes include those recommended by the City of Albany to address concerns raised during public consultation.


    "They will ensure good design that is sympathetic to the surrounding area, and contributes to a vibrant activity centre for residents and visitors alike."


    Modifications required for the hotel lot include:

    • moving the eastern boundary up to eight metres to the west to lessen the impact on the foreshore and the Three Anchors site, and protect the Norfolk Island pines
    • stepping back of the hotel site with a three-storey height limit facing the foreshore and additional height, up to 12 storeys, located towards Mount Adelaide
    • any building proposal greater than five storeys, up to a maximum of 12, must be informed by a visual impact assessment, consistent with the guidance of the Western Australian Planning Commission's Visual Landscape Planning manual
    • all development will need to demonstrate excellence in design, compliance with design guidelines and will be referred for design review
    • permanent residential development will only be permitted following, or in conjunction with, development of a hotel to ensure tourism related development is a priority
    • development of this area of Middleton Beach will be subject to the implementation and ongoing management of coastal adaption and protection measures.

    The Middleton Beach redevelopment will contribute to the local economy, with local and tourist facilities, restaurants, cafes, shops, a hotel and short stay accommodation as well as permanent residential apartments.


    The City of Albany now has 42 days to complete the modifications prior to re-submitting the amendment for Ministerial approval.


    Fact File

    • After Ministerial approval, the WAPC will modify the Middleton Beach Activity Centre Structure Plan in accordance with the scheme before approval is given for a period of 10 years
    • For more information, visit http://www.planning.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office - 6552 5300


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