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.