The director of the company looking to develop luxury accommodation at Frenchman Bay has said architects will be appointed for stage one of the project next year. The comments from Frenchman Bay Albany Pty Ltd director Paul King came after the City of Albany council unanimously endorsed the approval of the development plan on Tuesday, which will pave the way for the project to progress. The approval came with 31 provisions to ensure an appropriate level of consideration is given to the heritage of the area, its land use, parking, the environment, amenity, built form, bushfire and coastal concerns. Mr King said he was delighted by the strong support received from council at the meeting. He said the developers “will always be willing to listen to and receive community feedback” after 14 responses during a public comment period raised various level of concerns about the project. “There are a number of conditions that will take time to work through, but that’s the process we’ve learnt,” he said. Cr Robert Sutton and Cr Sandie Smith both spoke of fond memories of the former Frenchman Bay Caravan Park which provided amenities for tourists and locals. Cr Sutton said he went spear fishing and skin diving at the bay when he was younger. “We’d be chased out of the water by wobbegong sharks then we’d get an ice cream, tea or coffee at the front door,” he said. “(A development) has been in the wind for a long time in various iterations of development, and it’s fantastic to see it get to this stage. As it keeps progressing it’s just going to highlight that area again.” Cr Smith said there were no amenities available in the area at the moment. “I think this will really help that bit of gap in services out there and provide some more accommodation,” she said. “They’ve spent their time doing a lot of planning to get things right, and there is a little bit of a way to go as I understand but there are some associated provisions guiding all of this.” Plans for the site include the development of a 10-12 bedroom “luxury holiday lodge” in the west of lot 2, a restaurant and reception area on the east of lot 1 and 25 one-bedroom chalets as well as eight glamping tent sites between the lodge and restaurant. It will be completed in stages, with the lodge expected to be developed as stage one. A development application will need to be submitted to and approved by the City prior to work on the project starting.