Big changes for Leederville

BIG changes are on the way for Leederville with a pair of proposed towers slated for 25 and 17 storeys in an area historically limited to five.

Developer Hatch and RobertsDay are in the early stages of the proposal for 40 Frame Court, the block next to the WaterCorp which sold for $12.5 million in 2018. They’ve put out a draft “local development plan” ahead of working on detailed designs, testing the water as to whether Vincent council might allow towers that high.

The current height limit laid out in the Leederville Masterplan is five storeys but the council’s made clear the future is taller, with recent nearby approvals nudging skywards to eight storeys.

The council’s working on its own version of a precinct structure plan which sets a mildly more modest 23 storey limit for 40 Frame Court, which is in the “Cityscape” fringe of Leederville. The inner “village” part on Oxford Street would have a three storey maximum.

Mayor Emma Cole says “with development demand increasing in Leederville, it is essential that council and our community consider a new and contemporary planning framework to guide this next phase of development,” calling for people to weigh in on what they want for Leedy.

Like a lot of high streets Oxford has had some empty storefronts in recent years, but the nearly-finished ABN Group building is expected to bring hundreds of workers in shortly. 

The council’s plan is open for comment until July 5 and the Hatch and RobertsDay plan consultation runs til June 15. 

by DAVID BELL

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