Preserving Our Heritage since 1968

The Hunters Hill Trust

The Hunters Hill Trust

Preserving Our Heritage since 1968

proposed alterations to historic cottage

The Hunters Hill Trust supports Council’s work to preserve the unique character and heritage of Hunters Hill and its conservation areas, and its stand to preserve the cottage at 18 Richmond Crescent Hunters Hill.  You can read the Trust’s detailed comments on the proposed alterations and additions to the cottage that are currently being proposed.

Council has previously rejected an application to demolish this cottage and build a very large new house in its place.  Late last year the Land and Environment Court dismissed an appeal from the owners of 18 Richmond Crescent. Key factors cited in the judgement included the heritage value of the existing cottage.

2018-07-07T10:14:36+11:00July 7, 2018|

Great news: 18 Richmond Crescent Appeal dismissed

community says ‘thank you’

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.

2017-12-23T15:00:52+11:00December 15, 2017|

Sir John Sulman’s vision of a ‘garden city’

18 Richmond Crescent Gladesville

This house at 18 Richmond Crescent Gladesville was featured in the November 2016 Trust Journal under the heading ‘Heritage under Threat‘. Council had received a development application to demolish the house and construct a new, much larger, house in its place.  Trust committee member, Caroline Mackaness, wrote a submission to Council about it, much of which was published in the Journal article.

The house is in Conservation Area C1 and Conservation Area C435 (Dept of Housing Subdivision) and is within the General Landscape Conservation Area. The subdivision was designed by Sir John Sulman in 1919.

Council’s Conservation Advisory Panel advised Council that, in its view, the existing cottage should be retained as a largely intact example of the housing built by NSW Department of Housing in the early post-WW1 development of the area.  The Panel also considered the proposed replacement house to be inappropriate in its response to the streetscape, which is typified by asymmetrical facades.  Council also received a number of individual objections and a petition opposing the application. […]

2017-10-07T11:48:33+11:00September 29, 2017|
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