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An architect’s rendering of Notre Dame’s plan for the corner of Cliff and High streets. Impression: MCDF Architects

Uni hits snag in new building plan

The University of Notre Dame has hit a roadblock for its plans to develop a new building in Fremantle, with council officers recommending the proposal be rejected because it is too tall for the port city’s historic West End.

Notre Dame’s $15 million plan to create a five-storey building to house its schools of nursing and midwifery, and arts and sciences at the corner of High and Cliff streets was lodged with the City of Fremantle late last year, and was due to be assessed by the metropolitan south west development assessment panel this week.

However, following a recommendation that the project be rejected by the City of Fremantle, Notre Dame was granted a four-week extension to tweak its proposal.

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South Perth
Sadly, its this sort of thinking by the City that will see Fremantle's west end remain what it is. The proposed University building will add to the fact that it is, and always should, be a vibrant City, with a strong multi cultural heritage and modern academic principles. Would be interested to understand whether the proposed development is not being supported at officer level or Council level. Also, I believe 18.9m not as tall as other buildings already built in the West End. Would like the Councils response to that

fremantle
The proposed university building is too big and poorly designed for such an important heritage area. The West End is a world famous heritage area which has been badly damaged by Fremantle Council allowing poor quality buildings in recent years such as 8 and 50 Pakenham Street, and Atwell Arcade. The predominant height in the precinct is one, two and three storeys and four storeys are allowed if the fourth is set back, The Notre Dame proposal is five storeys which is not allowed and has a large bulk and scale totally inappropriate for such an area. Refreshingly, council officers and councillors votes against this damaging development. "Progress' and 'mulit cultural heritage' is not helped when you damage the very thing that attracts people in the first place. Also, Notre Dame already control 46 properties which has created an unhealthy monoculture and should build this one outside the West End to get their students to permeate through the town.

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