Too high rebuff for much needed hotel

Bill Richardson, developer of a planned hotel at Perth’s Barrack Square, remains confident it will go ahead despite the council recommending it should not go ahead as it would overshadow the Bell Tower.

“While accepting that Perth needs more hotels, the council believes the scale of the proposed development, on that site, is not appropriate,” lord mayor Lisa Scaffidi said.

Australian Hotels Association WA chief executive Bradley Woods said the city’s planning bureaucrats had missed an opportunity for much needed hotel development in the CBD and sent the wrong message to investors.

“The Bell Tower should not be the measuring stick for development in Perth,” he said. “Based on planning bureaucrats’ advice Perth City Council has knocked back a development application for a much needed hotel in the capital city’s CBD.

“The 11 storey five-star hotel, proposed for Barrack Square, would have brought a much needed additional 230 rooms to the Perth accommodation sector, however council staff said this quality hotel would be too tall, next to the Bell Tower.

“This is the entirely the wrong message Perth needs to be sending to potential quality hotel developers and investors.

“Perth City Council needs to urgently reconsider its position on hotel development in the CBD,” said Mr Woods.

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