Great news: 18 Richmond Crescent Appeal dismissed

community says ‘thanks’

18 Richmond Crescent

The Land and Environment Court has dismissed an appeal from the owners of 18 Richmond Crescent after Hunters Hill Council rejected their Development Application to demolish the house and build a very large new house in its place.  Key factors cited in the judgement included:

  • heritage value of the existing cottage
  • contribution of the cottage to two conservation areas
  • impact on streetscape and character
  • alternative options to preserve building
  • meaning of ‘Conservation Area – Landscape’
  • public interest.

The house makes a positive contribution to two conservation areas and is of heritage value. The replacement building was to be of an inappropriate bulk and scale that would adversely impact on the heritage significance of the conservation areas.  Read Commissioner Jenny Smithson’s full Judgment here. 

This is a fantastic achievement for Hunters Hill Council, for the Conservation Advisory Panel and for the many local residents who worked to protect the house and the conservation areas.

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Proposed subdivision of Church land

St Peter Chanel Church (image Wikimedia)

The Marist Fathers have owned the land at 5 Crescent Street Woolwich since 1889 when they bought it from George Shannon Arthur and William Cope for 700 pounds.  The Council, in recognition of the contribution the church, its buildings and curtilage makes to the community, has waived collection of rates on the land since that time – 127 years.

The Marist Fathers now want to create two house blocks of around 1000m2 each along the northern boundary of the land, which has a frontage to Crescent Street.

Most of the existing trees, shrubs and ground cover will be removed to allow the construction of buildings, garages, driveways and recreation areas. 

This would be a very bad outcome for the community:

  • The curtilage of the Church, which is is included in the heritage listing, will be significantly reduced
  • The beautiful park-like setting of the church will be significantly changed for the worse
  • The character of the Conservation Area, particularly in Crescent St will be adversely impacted by the replacement of the landscaped area along the boundary of the church with houses and driveways and the removal of large chunks of the existing rock forms.

Open this link to see the aerial view more clearly.

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negative impact of proposed Sydney Modern

Sydney Modern NE perspective

The Hunters Hill Trust objects to the proposed extension to the Art Gallery of NSW for the following reasons:

  • Its construction requires the removal of invaluable parkland adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens, which also is an integral part of green curtilage around the existing Art Gallery building
  • With its alien forms the proposal is an inappropriate architectural response to the fine Art Gallery building
  • As well as destroying green space it blocks out the views of existing building from the east
  • It has a detrimental impact on the approaches to Mrs Macquarie’s chair and the east entrance to the Botanical Gardens
  • Its location next to the existing gallery in the CBD represents a lost opportunity to decentralise the important cultural role that the gallery plays in the artistic life of Sydney.

See the devastating BEFORE and AFTER images and the assessment of the impact prepared by:

  • David Chesterman AM, urban designer, architect, designer of the land bridge beside the gallery and the Eastern Distributor, acknowledged authority on heritage , landscape and view impacts of major projects
  • Ros Andrews, former Trustee of Royal Botanic Garden & Domain Trust, former Chair Australian Horticulture and Landscape Foundation and NSW Institute of Horticulture
  • Gillian Appleton, former Trustee of Royal Botanic Garden & Domain Trust, former Chair NSW Arts Advisory Council
  • Bruce Donald AM, senior lawyer, former Chair, Environmental Defenders Office and former Australian Heritage Commissioner.

The people of New York wouldn’t dream of letting the Metropolitan Museum of Art extend into Central Park – so why is Sydney prepared to allow this?  If you want to object click here by Friday night 15th.  Go to ‘Your view on the application’ and select  ‘I object to it‘.

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December edition of the HHT Journal

You can read the latest edition of the Hunters Hill Trust Journal Volume 55, No 2  here.  Trust members will be receiving their hard copy soon.   This edition includes items on:

  • The new Hunters Hill Council
  • Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (IHAPs)
  • 11 Mark Street, Hunters Hill
  • Figtree Chapel Relocation
  • Green Book Update
  • Cycling and Heritage:  Do they go together?
  • 18 Richmond Crescent, Hunters Hill
  • Walks and Events
  • Boronia Park Update
  • 2017 Christmas Party
  • From the Archives:  1997
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2017 Christmas party

  
Host:  Elizabeth Dossetor (Prof Elizabeth Elliott)             HHT President:  Alister Sharp (images Karen Presland)
David and Elizabeth Dossetor kindly hosted our annual Christmas party at their historic Jeanneret house.  Their gracious family home is filled with Australian art and set in a beautiful garden.  The house is said to have been a wedding present for CE Jeanneret’s youngest daughter Florence Hull.  It shows the transition towards the Federation style with geometric woodwork trims and shingles.
We feel lucky to have such fantastic support from members who share our goal of protecting and celebrating heritage.
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wildlife protection in Boronia Park & Buffalo Creek reserve

Long neck turtle (Image: Species Survival Commission)

The Trust supports Council’s plans to declare Wildlife Protection Areas (WPAs) in Boronia Park and Buffalo Creek reserves.  WPAs designated under the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998 allow for cats to be prohibited from key wildlife habitat areas.

Boronia Park and Buffalo Creek reserves are part of a regionally significant wildlife corridor along the Lane Cove River.  We are lucky to have a variety of wildlife in our local bushland and appreciate the contribution that Council’s participation in regional programs provides in the protection of native fauna.

WPAs should assist in reducing harm and predation of native species, particularly our diminishing small birds and reptiles.  You can read our letter about Wildlife Protection Areas here.

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cricket and wine DO mix!

Image: Holy Name of Mary Church archives

Next time you are watching a game of cricket being played on the grounds opposite St Joseph’s College on Gladesville Rd, Hunters Hill – close your eyes for a moment and picture the entire area covered in grape vines.

Over hundred years ago the Villa Maria Monastery had its own vineyards. They were principally for the manufacture of altar wine with a small quantity set aside for table wine for the use of the Villa Maria community. The quality of the table wine left a lot to be desired, although the 1874 vintage appears to have been exceptional.

It was reported ‘This year our wine has been wonderful, we have made 16 barrels of wine, and good stuff too.”  The last recorded vintage was 1906.

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At home in our remnant bushland …

at Tarban Creek (Image Helen Temple)

A little bit of joyous news:  This beautiful female echidna was spotted in Tarban Creek Reserve today – unbelievable but absolutely true.

It had been waddling across Gladesville Road. We think it might have a burrow and a youngster so did not try and move it. We just hope it doesn’t get hit by a car or attacked by a dog or cat.

Nature is a wonderful thing – I hope we can hang onto our beautiful remnant local bushland!

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SAVED: Parramatta Female Factory and Institutions Precinct

Female Factory, watercolour, Augusts Earle, 1826

On November 14th 2017, the Parramatta Female Factory and Institutions Precinct was included in the National Heritage List under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.   Its outstanding heritage value to the nation has been recognised because of the place’s:

  • importance in the course, or pattern, of Australia’s natural or cultural history
  • possession of uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of Australia’s natural or cultural history
  • potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of Australia’s natural or cultural history.

Read more about this extraordinary site and what the  Parra Girls have achieved for Australia.

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help save Moore Park

Anzac Pde protestors, 2016 Image:ABC.net.au

In 1867, Moore Park was established by Charles Moore, the Mayor of Sydney City Council. Today the park is an essential part of Centennial Parklands. Known as the ‘People’s Park’ and ‘lungs of the city’, the park is of national significance.

In 2016, some of Sydney’s most magnificent heritage fig trees in Moore Park were senselessly destroyed to make way for the SE light rail project. A year later Moore Park is under threat again. This time from major redevelopment plans for Allianz Stadium.

Use this link:  Saving Sydneys’s trees to send a message to your MP asking them to put pressure on the Premier to protect the Park. Then urge your friends to do the same.

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