Her­itage sta­tus out the door?

Monthly Chronicle - - Front Page - Jenny Bar­lass

A ques­tion mark hangs over the her­itage sta­tus of a charm­ing Epping cot­tage, with a de­vel­oper want­ing to knock it down and put up two 15 and 17 storey blocks hous­ing 200 apart­ments plus re­tail.

The fu­ture of the cot­tage at 48 Ox­ford Street Epping is now be­ing con­sid­ered by the Syd­ney Cen­tral West Plan­ning Panel. DA ap­pli­cant Pir­sata wants its sta­tus, set down un­der pow­ers granted to City of Par­ra­matta Coun­cil, over­turned to clear the way for the $66mil­lion de­vel­op­ment.

But at a hear­ing last month the Panel agreed it needed to seek le­gal ad­vice over who has the power to over­turn the her­itage sta­tus.

Epping MP Damien Tude­hope has stepped in and taken the plight of the cot­tage on board, tak­ing leave from Par­lia­ment to ad­dress the Plan­ning Panel hear­ing to that ef­fect.

He said that Plan­ning Pan­els don’t have the right to de­cide on her­itage mat­ters. “It would be an abuse of power for the Plan­ning Panel to usurp City of Par­ra­matta Coun­cil’s author­ity to de­ter­mine the her­itage sta­tus of the cot­tage.

“The pur­pose of draft­ing the Lo­cal En­vi­ron­ment Plan (LEP) is to al­low proper con­sul­ta­tion for the com­mu­nity. The ap­pli­cant in this in­stance ap­pears to be seek­ing to de­prive the coun­cil and com­mu­nity of their role in re­spect of her­itage LEPs.”

A de­ci­sion on the cot­tage will be made once the Panel has ob­tained le­gal ad­vice and given the ap­pli­cant time to con­sult how the site might be re­tained and in­cor­po­rated into the DA.

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