WHY ‘UPGRADER’ BUYERS ARE EXCITED RESIDENTIAL
A PEPPERMINT Grove art deco home has had its heritage protection downgraded after its owner’s pleas to councillors last week.
Alana John, owner of the 58A Leake Street property, said the heritage classification had severely impacted on her, at last month’s council meeting.
Ms John said council staff told her last year the home did not have protection, and if it had she would have not bought it.
The home’s heritage status became apparent during a recent mandatory review of the council’s municipal inventory, after which it was proposed to have a category one listing confirmed using the casting vote of Shire President Rachel Thomas in August.
“I have since been subject to two months of uncertainty, and have had to pay substantial fees,” Ms John said.
Heritage architect Kelly Arris said only parts of the home’s original structure remained after three rebuilding programs.
Ms Thomas said she was “concerned” the home’s status could be determined using her casting vote, and she proposed the home be given the lower category two protection.
Councillor Charles Hohnen said the previous owners would have been informed of its status.