Preserving Our Heritage since 1968

The Hunters Hill Trust

The Hunters Hill Trust

Preserving Our Heritage since 1968

Community relieved as subdivision is refused

St Peter Chanel Church (image Wikimedia)

We are glad to report that Hunters Hill Council has refused the Development Application from the Marist Fathers to create two 1,000 square meter housing blocks in the surrounds of St Peter Chanel Church, Woolwich.

This would have reduced the curtilage of the Church which is is included in the heritage listing.  Loss of the park-like setting would have changed the character of the Conservation Area.  Here are the  reasons that Council gave for refusal.

2018-03-10T12:14:47+11:00March 5, 2018|

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 […]
2017-12-15T22:15:40+11:00December 14, 2017|
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