The development team behind the resurrection and transformation of iconic Wallcliffe House are still unable to give an estimate on when a development application will be lodged for the contentious project. A planning scheme amendment is needed to revive the project as a boutique hotel with restaurant, chalets and river access, but a spokesperson for owner Alexandra and Julian Burt, who own Voyager Estate, said no clear timeline was possible right now. Landsmith Collection chief executive Chris Furtado said movement in the construction sector was one factor. “We don’t have a very exciting update at the moment — plans are progressing, but the international supply issues and building crunch has really slowed down progress,” he said. “With the well-publicised issues relating to access to labour and elevated building costs as a result of COVID, we are carefully working through our plans for the site. “The Landsmith Collection remains committed to the vision for Wallcliffe House. “We look forward to sharing more with the community in the coming months.” The developers are yet to submit a development application for the project which will clearly outline the vision for the regional historically significant site, which was razed during the 2011 bushfires. A blog created to keep residents up to date on the project has not been updated since November 2021 after reporting some initial site works. A project spokesperson said the project team was focused on fine-tuning the plans and “testing some of the assumptions made in the early stages”. “Whilst the building plans and costings have been worked through, there has also been some further planning work undertaken on rehabilitation of some of the river frontage areas,” they said. The Times first revealed plans to revamp the derelict site in 2019. The developer’s talk of a resort was quickly backtracked in the face of community alarm and, like the proposed Luke Saraceni-led Westin Margaret River Resort & Spa at Gnarabup, prompted concerns residents would be economically excluded by the swanky “boutique hotel” occupying a site of historical significance. The project was at first criticised by local conservationists who argued environmental and fire risks, as well as group settlement and Aboriginal history concerns, should rule out development at the site on the banks of the Margaret River. Wadandi elder Wayne Webb was also concerned about the project and said whether it proceeded or not, greater protections were needed for “our precious river”. The upmarket proposal includes plans for a restaurant, gallery and chalets, previously estimated to cost more than $10 million.