St Peter Chanel Church (image Wikimedia)

Hunters Hill Trust objects to the Marist Fathers’ DA which proposes to carve off two 1000sqm house blocks from the landscaped area around St Peter Chanel Church along Crescent Street.  This subdivision would:

  • Significantly reduce the curtilage of the Church, which is is included in the heritage listing
  • Reduce the beautiful park-like setting of the church
  • Change the character of the Conservation Area, particularly in Crescent St by replacing the landscaped area with houses and driveways and removing large chunks of the existing rock forms.

Send written objections to DA 2017-1180 to Hunters Hill Council before February 16th. You can read HHT’s submission here.The Marist Fathers have owned this land since they bought it from George Shannon Arthur and William Cope in 1889 for 700 pounds.  The community of Hunters Hill recognises the contribution the church makes through the provision of pastoral care and a place of peace and worship as well as a fine location for concerts and musical performances.  The community has also supported the church because of the nature of the use of the site including the fine stone church and its vegetated curtilage, which adds substantially to the character of the Conservation Area.  In recognition of this contribution, the community has financially supported the church by waiving collection of rates on the land for the last 127 years.

aerial view of the site

The proposed site for the subdivision into two house blocks of around 1000m2 each is along the northern boundary of the land which has a frontage to Crescent St and, which is a very steep embankment covered with trees and undergrowth.  This green space creates the special character of Crescent Street as well as providing a wonderful backdrop to the church and its surrounds.

The proposed subdivision will require the removal of most of the existing trees, shrubs and ground cover to allow the construction of buildings, garages, driveways and recreation areas.   The proposed house lots to be created by the subdivision of the site, will be comparatively narrow and because of the steepness of the site, most unsuitable for the construction of houses.

Open this link to see the aerial view more clearly.