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Is Cottesloe finally ready to grow up with increased density?

A proposed six-storey hotel and apartment development opposite Indiana Tea House in Cottesloe is set to reignite fierce debate about density along the iconic beachfront strip.

An artist’s impression of the Sea Pines project on Marine Parade — including 42 hotel rooms, 38 apartments, seven retail spaces and two levels of basement parking with 145 bays — has been unveiled.

The developer has requested a “standard” amendment to the town planning scheme, which permits five storeys along Marine Parade except for Il Lido (six storeys) and Ocean Beach Hotel (eight storeys).

The Sea Pines proponent wants to add another level, but says even with a sixth storey it will still be within the 21m building height limit.

In a Town of Cottesloe report, a council officer said there would be no further impact on views, overshadowing or amenity under the proposed amendment.

The officer recommended council add a new clause that there be no maximum number of storeys for the Sea Pines site, as long as it achieved design excellence and did not exceed 21m.

But the fate of the development rests not with the western suburbs council, but with a joint development assessment panel.

What 94 Marine Parade could look like.What 94 Marine Parade could look like.
Camera IconWhat 94 Marine Parade could look like.Picture: Town of Cottesloe

The debate between breathing new life into Cottesloe and keeping the status quo has been a long and contentious debate, and one of the most vocal high-rise opponents is Cottesloe Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman John Hammond.

Mr Hammond said this development would have an “over-bearing effect” on that part of Cottesloe, with most locals believing the existing 21m height limit was far too high. He said the developer should not be allowed any concessions upon what was initially agreed.

“You’re going to find issues with overshadowing, that development is right opposite the grove of Cottesloe pines where a lot of people sit and picnic. (Under this proposal) you’re going to go from one (storey) to six, it’s going to dominate that part of the landscape,” he said.

“I am anti-change because all the change I see happening architecturally is for the worse … a lot of what we’re building is very ugly and it doesn’t enhance the area at all.”

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