Review of Heritage Areas and Policies

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We've reviewed the City's heritage areas and developed two new local planning policies to guide development within heritage areas and set out how the City will protect and manage heritage places. We'd now like to hear your thoughts on these proposals.

Draft Heritage Areas Policy

In 2015, the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations introduced a requirement for a local planning policy to be established for heritage areas. The purpose of this policy is to define the boundaries of the heritage area, include a statement about the heritage significance of the area and record the places of heritage significance within it. Therefore, the City has prepared draft Local Planning Policy 3.6 – Heritage Areas, which confirms the boundaries and statements of significance for our various heritage areas and sets out general development requirements to provide a broad basis for the assessment of development proposals.

Heritage Area Review

In preparing the draft policy, a very high-level review of each heritage area has been undertaken, considering contemporary protection, legislation and standards. Of the City's 26 heritage areas, nine have been identified as not meeting the contemporary definition of a heritage area, because

  • They are an individual site and so are best included on the Heritage List, Local Heritage Survey and/or State Register of Heritage Places
  • They do not represent a coherent collection of places with heritage significance
  • They are already located within a larger and more comprehensive local heritage area which provides appropriate levels of recognition and protection and/or
  • They are not subject to control under the Local Planning Scheme and so are best recognised on the Local Heritage Survey and/or State Register of Heritage Places.

Some also enjoy a greater degree of protection due to being covered by other heritage listings, or by other state or federal legislation.

The nine areas are

  • Convict Establishment Heritage Area (Prison Tunnels) (included in the Prison's World, National and State listings and in the Convict Establishment Heritage Area)
  • Indian Ocean Precinct (outside the control of the Local Planning Scheme and subject to separate federal and state legislation and protection)
  • John Curtin College of the Arts (separately listed on the State Register of Heritage Places)
  • Law & Order Precinct (separately listed on the State Register of Heritage Places and included in the Convict Establishment Heritage Area)
  • Lilly Street Precinct (included in the South Fremantle Heritage Area)
  • Monument Hill and War Memorials, Fremantle (separately listed on the State Register of Heritage Places and included in the larger Memorial Reserve Precinct Heritage Area)
  • Princess May Reserve (separately listed on the State Register of Heritage Places)
  • Swan River Precinct (outside the control of the Local Planning Scheme and subject to separate state legislation and protection)
  • Victoria Pavilion, Fremantle Oval (separately listed on the State Register of Heritage Places and included in the Convict Establishment Heritage Area).

Draft Heritage Assessment & Protection Policy

The City has also reviewed Local Planning Policies 1.6 – Heritage Assessment and D.B.H9 – Procedure for the Recording & Assessment of Places of Heritage Value, and combined them to create draft Local Planning Policy 1.6 – Heritage Assessment & Protection. This policy sets out guiding principles for the management of heritage and the criteria and method to be applied to heritage assessment and Local Heritage Survey categories.

The intent of the whole review is to assist in bringing the City’s heritage protection framework into line with new legislation and standards, and to make it clearer and more robust.

Further Information

Further information on these proposals can be found in the Strategic Planning and Transport Committee meeting minute and draft policy documents listed under 'Important Documents' to your right. Answers to many commonly asked questions can be found under 'Q & A'.

The City will also be holding a community information session at the Town Hall on Thursday, 18 November 2021 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 P.M. The purpose of the session is for the City’s planning staff to assist you in interpreting the draft policies and to answer any questions you may have.

Have Your Say

The City would welcome your comments and our officers will be happy to answer any other questions that you may have. You can contact officers on (08) 9432 9999 or via e-mail on planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au. Submissions may be lodged using the online comment form below, via e-mail on planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au, or in writing to City of Fremantle, P.O. Box 807, FREMANTLE WA 6959.

Please ensure that any submissions are lodged before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 26 November 2021.

We've reviewed the City's heritage areas and developed two new local planning policies to guide development within heritage areas and set out how the City will protect and manage heritage places. We'd now like to hear your thoughts on these proposals.

Draft Heritage Areas Policy

In 2015, the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations introduced a requirement for a local planning policy to be established for heritage areas. The purpose of this policy is to define the boundaries of the heritage area, include a statement about the heritage significance of the area and record the places of heritage significance within it. Therefore, the City has prepared draft Local Planning Policy 3.6 – Heritage Areas, which confirms the boundaries and statements of significance for our various heritage areas and sets out general development requirements to provide a broad basis for the assessment of development proposals.

Heritage Area Review

In preparing the draft policy, a very high-level review of each heritage area has been undertaken, considering contemporary protection, legislation and standards. Of the City's 26 heritage areas, nine have been identified as not meeting the contemporary definition of a heritage area, because

  • They are an individual site and so are best included on the Heritage List, Local Heritage Survey and/or State Register of Heritage Places
  • They do not represent a coherent collection of places with heritage significance
  • They are already located within a larger and more comprehensive local heritage area which provides appropriate levels of recognition and protection and/or
  • They are not subject to control under the Local Planning Scheme and so are best recognised on the Local Heritage Survey and/or State Register of Heritage Places.

Some also enjoy a greater degree of protection due to being covered by other heritage listings, or by other state or federal legislation.

The nine areas are

  • Convict Establishment Heritage Area (Prison Tunnels) (included in the Prison's World, National and State listings and in the Convict Establishment Heritage Area)
  • Indian Ocean Precinct (outside the control of the Local Planning Scheme and subject to separate federal and state legislation and protection)
  • John Curtin College of the Arts (separately listed on the State Register of Heritage Places)
  • Law & Order Precinct (separately listed on the State Register of Heritage Places and included in the Convict Establishment Heritage Area)
  • Lilly Street Precinct (included in the South Fremantle Heritage Area)
  • Monument Hill and War Memorials, Fremantle (separately listed on the State Register of Heritage Places and included in the larger Memorial Reserve Precinct Heritage Area)
  • Princess May Reserve (separately listed on the State Register of Heritage Places)
  • Swan River Precinct (outside the control of the Local Planning Scheme and subject to separate state legislation and protection)
  • Victoria Pavilion, Fremantle Oval (separately listed on the State Register of Heritage Places and included in the Convict Establishment Heritage Area).

Draft Heritage Assessment & Protection Policy

The City has also reviewed Local Planning Policies 1.6 – Heritage Assessment and D.B.H9 – Procedure for the Recording & Assessment of Places of Heritage Value, and combined them to create draft Local Planning Policy 1.6 – Heritage Assessment & Protection. This policy sets out guiding principles for the management of heritage and the criteria and method to be applied to heritage assessment and Local Heritage Survey categories.

The intent of the whole review is to assist in bringing the City’s heritage protection framework into line with new legislation and standards, and to make it clearer and more robust.

Further Information

Further information on these proposals can be found in the Strategic Planning and Transport Committee meeting minute and draft policy documents listed under 'Important Documents' to your right. Answers to many commonly asked questions can be found under 'Q & A'.

The City will also be holding a community information session at the Town Hall on Thursday, 18 November 2021 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 P.M. The purpose of the session is for the City’s planning staff to assist you in interpreting the draft policies and to answer any questions you may have.

Have Your Say

The City would welcome your comments and our officers will be happy to answer any other questions that you may have. You can contact officers on (08) 9432 9999 or via e-mail on planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au. Submissions may be lodged using the online comment form below, via e-mail on planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au, or in writing to City of Fremantle, P.O. Box 807, FREMANTLE WA 6959.

Please ensure that any submissions are lodged before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 26 November 2021.

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