Her­itage list­ing fight

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch - By JON BAS­SETT

PEP­PER­MINT Grove coun­cil is head­ing to the Supreme Court over a three-year stoush with a res­i­dent op­pos­ing the lo­cal her­itage list­ing of a $13 mil­lion home he sold to his hold­ing com­pany.

The ar­gu­ment cen­tres on a Queen Annestyle bun­ga­low on The Es­planade that owner and Mosman Park res­i­dent Lyn­don Brown bought in about 1998.

“He didn’t seem to have a prob­lem at the time,” cor­po­rate ser­vices man­ager Paul Rawl­ings said at last week’s meet­ing.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers said the bun­ga­low was rare, built for lead­ing mem­bers of WA so­ci­ety, was a land­mark and had been as­so­ci­ated with his­toric fig­ures.

It was one of 165 prop­er­ties orig­i­nally placed on the coun­cil’s her­itage list in 1999.

Records show Mr Brown bought the prop­erty orig­i­nally in 1995 for $4.85 mil­lion and sold it to hold­ing com­pany Dain Pty Ltd for $6m in 2001. It has been on the mar­ket since June 4, 2016.

In 2014, Mr Brown told the coun­cil he wanted the cat­e­gory one list­ing re­moved and made the re­quest again in March this year. How­ever, coun­cil­lors de­cided to keep it on the list.

In a March 23 let­ter to the coun­cil, Mr Brown said the coun­cil’s her­itage cri­te­ria were “too sweep­ing” and the bun­ga­low had been al­tered in 1927, 1967 and 1986.

He said if it had not been given cat­e­gory one pro­tec­tion it would have been sold three years ago, “sav­ing at least $450,000 in land tax”, and there had been two failed of­fers of $13m, in­clud­ing the most re­cent in Fe­bru­ary.

In Au­gust, his lawyers started le­gal pro­ceed­ings in the Supreme Court. Mr Rawl­ings said Mr Brown with­drew from a di­rec­tions hear­ing at the court last Wed­nes­day and a date for the case to be was set for March 18.

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