Andrew Forrest’s plan for his $15.6 million Le Fanu property has received support from his neighbours, including John Bond and Annie Fogarty.
The mining billionaire is proposing to build a new two-storey dwelling at 66 Marine Parade and remove the second-storey of the heritage-listed building on 2 Salvado Street, known as Le Fanu or Banksia.
The proposed development, valued at $30 million, was submitted to the Town of Cottesloe with the item to be decided by council next week.
The plans were marked confidential but has been made public in the town’s council agenda, which was released this afternoon.
On top of the plans, submissions from residents on the same and surrounding streets were included in the document.
A Marie Forrest has also submitted a letter of support for the proposal.
The town officers have recommended for council to approve the development application despite the height of the proposed dwelling on 66 Marine Parade exceeding Cottesloe's local planning scheme.
"The proposed dwelling is significantly over the 7.0 metre wall height limit by nearly 2.5 metres," the agenda said.
"No clear justification for why this additional height is required has been provided."
A render of the Le Fanu proposal. Image: KHA Architects via Town of Cottesloe document
The plan for the Cottesloe site includes demolition of the townhouses at 4b and 4c Salvado Street, as shown on the council agenda.
Mr Forrest bought Le Fanu for $15.6 million last year, after the property spent more than three years on the market.
It was previously owned by Steve Wyatt, Chris Ellison’s estranged business partner, who bought Le Fanu in 2009.
Le Fanu went through extensive renovations and additions by Zorzi Builders.
A Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage spokesperson told Business News that the Heritage Council advised the town in May of its support for the proposal to replace the first-floor addition at Le Fanu with a new single-storey extension.
"Located on the corner of Salvado Street and Marine Parade, Le Fanu is a large single-storey, Federation Queen Anne style residence and is listed on the State Register of Heritage Places. A second-storey was added to the property in the 1980s," the spokesperson said.
"A development application was recently referred by the Town of Cottesloe for a proposed new two-storey construction at 66 Marine Parade, adjacent to Le Fanu.
"The Heritage Council is yet to provide advice to the Town on that application."
A town spokesperson said the proposal was advertised on the town’s website but anyone wanting to view the plans needed to make an appointment and come into the office to do so.