The State Government has cleared the way for a 16-storey development in the heart of Subiaco on the site of the former Pavilion Markets.
An amendment approved by Planning Minister John Day will also ensure any development on the corner of Roberts and Rokeby roads will include public arcades, food and beverage outlets and short-stay hotel rooms and apartments.
This site’s future has been uncertain since the City of Subiaco rejected the proposed scheme amendment in 2011.
The Minister directed the city to initiate the amendment under Section 76 of the Planning and Development Act 2005 in June 2013.
Mr Day said the site was an important asset to Subiaco and a prime location for a quality, high-density development that would attract more people to the area.
“The Pavilion site’s proximity to the Subiaco train station, retail, job opportunities and the CBD make it a prime candidate for a development of this kind,” he said.
“Subiaco is a strategically important suburb in the inner city area that can accommodate a significant local population. It is a suburb that is changing and developments such as the one proposed on this site will attract people to the area and assist in its rejuvenation.
“This amendment is a successful example of the Western Australian planning system in action,” he said.
The developer is now required to submit a development application to the City of Subiaco.
Ian Day from Development Managers D2 Property said the site would be home to a unique and stylish development that would allow the very best in apartment living, as well as boutique food, dining and living to be delivered on this strategically important site.
“We are thrilled with the Minister’s decision which has come after a very thorough and lengthy three year dialogue with the community, during which we received overwhelming support for our vision and heart for this site and for Subiaco.” Mr Day said.
“This will bring much needed life and vitality back to the heart of Subiaco which will also have a flow on effect for retailers throughout the town centre who have struggled in recent years.”