ART deco lovers want buildings in the 1930s architectural style protected from the unconfirmed Stirling Highway Activity Corridor Study (SHACS) in Nedlands.
“They would need to be demolished for the proposed road reserve to be implemented,” Art Deco Society of WA president Vyonne Geneve said.
WA Planning Commission proposals reduce or widen the highway’s reserve in unfunded works that may not occur for 20-30 years, but the planning uncertainty has generated public and council concern in Claremont, Peppermint Grove and North Fremantle.
A map of the changes by Peppermint Grove urban designer Tony Blackwell indicates that the road reserve will cut into land bordering the 1937-built art deco Windsor Cinema, and a bus slip lane will come within metres of the Captain Stirling Hotel.
The Art Deco Society fears for the cinema that is not on the WA heritage list, several adjacent blocks of flats, the former Nedlands Road Board building, the Captain Stirling Hotel and Coronado hotel.
It wants SHACS to protect all heritage buildings, including those on council and National Trust lists.
“We understand the need to rationalise the road reserves and road design on this highway, but we want it altered to keep all of our identified heritage places,” Ms Geneve said.
City of Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins supported the society.
Mr Hipkins said SHACS asked for up to 10m of private land for a wider reserve and for any alterations to the highway to “meander” to save all heritage buildings.
“They’re selling (SHACS) as a reduction of the road reserve, but the fact is that for many years councils, including Nedlands, have asked for just a 5m widening,” Mr Hipkins said.
A WAPC spokeswoman said all submissions would be considered from public consultation during March to June on the Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment for SHACS, and before panel hearings, but a dedicated bus lane was not planned.
- The Art Deco Society will host a highway walk ($10) from Winthrop Hall, University of WA, at 1.30pm on Sunday.