Home to be de­mol­ished

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

AN old dwelling in Suc­cess will be knocked down af­ter a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process failed to sway the City of Cock­burn into rais­ing its her­itage sig­nif­i­cance.

The old­est land ti­tle avail­able re­veals the build­ing, near the in­ter­sec­tion of Hammond Road and Ju­bilee Av­enue, had been owned by Wil­liam Henry Barfield and his son.

These days the dwelling is used as a sales of­fice for the grow­ing Lake­side Suc­cess de­vel­op­ment, though it has changed hands sev­eral times over the past 100 years.

The de­vel­oper plans to de­mol­ish the build­ing for pub­lic open space and a drainage sump. A large oak tree should be re­tained.

In Fe­bru­ary, the City of Cock­burn flagged adding the build­ing to its Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment In­ven­tory as a man­age­ment cat­e­gory C item, af­ter match­ing it against her­itage cri­te­ria.

That opin­ion was re-af­firmed af­ter a pe­riod of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

In a re­port pro­duced for the City’s or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing on Thurs­day, a City of­fi­cer said the build­ing’s var­i­ous mod­i­fi­ca­tions and low land­mark, re­search and so­cial value meant it was suit­able only as a cat­e­gory C item.

But dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod, the item’s nom­i­na­tor ar­gued it should be re­tained.

“Once de­mol­ished this his­tory will never be re­gained,” the sub­mis­sion said.

“This lit­tle house is a key to our past which I hope re­mains open for all.”

The City will call on the de­vel­oper to in­stall an in­ter­pre­tive piece, such as a plaque, to pro­vide in­sight to the pub­lic of the his­tory of the site.

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Hammond Road Cot­tage in Suc­cess.

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