What makes Cottesloe so special?

Posted June 24, 2012 by Western Suburbs Alliance [updated December 1, 2012]

Cottesloe has a unique ‘sense of place’ that both residents and visitors relate to. It has developed from a village landscape with strong connections to its natural coastal environment. The casual relaxed style contrasts with the conventional enclosed urban built form. Land and built form are predominantly horizontal and to a human scale. Cottesloe is a town of unusually high ‘walkability’ due to its high legibility, connectivity and permeability, variety of key destinations and safe streets. Interest is provided in its eclectic collection of building style and form, various activity nodes, mixed land use and constantly changing coastal landscape. The heritage-listed Cottesloe Hotel and iconic Ocean Beach Hotel are valued as an important part of the social fabric and provide facilities that are supported both locally and internationally.

The Cottesloe beachfront has a long tradition as a recreational destination. The two major activity nodes, the Cottesloe and North Cottesloe beaches, both embody a relaxed coastal character but each has distinct features. The Cottesloe beach precinct should provide a world-class model for future coastal development.

What the community wants. What Premier Barnett wants.

Posted on June 24, 2012 by Western Suburbs Alliance

The Cottesloe Council and community favour three to five-story limits to the buildings along Marine Parade. Ratepayer groups advocate the preservation of Cottesloe’s cultural heritage and state their opposition to high rise, high density development along this world-famous beach front.

Fourteen thousand persons have signed petitions against high-rise development. An inquiry by design exercise, in which State Government planners, the local council and the community reached a compromise, was subsequently ignored by the Barnett government. After a 16 month rewrite of Town Planning Scheme No 3, the Government forcibly modified the council’s town planning scheme to allow for three storeys along Marine Terrace, up to five storeys on properties set back from the street, an eight-storey limit at the Ocean Beach Hotel site and a six storey limit to the Il Lido restaurant site.  Continue reading