Interim Heritage Order No.4 - 68 Denistone Road, Denistone
Published on 27 September 2018
Council on 25 September 2018 resolved to apply an Interim Heritage Order (IHO) to the property known as 68 Denistone Road, Denistone, as the property is the subject of a Local Development Application (LDA) that sought to consolidate the existing 3 lots and create a subdivision of two lots.
The LDA was available for community comment between 3 September and 19 September 2018. Council received six (6) submissions during the notification period, raising concerns over the potential heritage significance of the property. Council also received community submissions prior to the lodgement of the LDA, prompted by the sale of the property in February 2018, raising concerns over the potential heritage significance of the property.
Whilst demolition of the dwelling at 68 Denistone Road is not proposed as part of the present LDA, the application was accompanied by an indicative site plan which showed the Applicant’s demolition and redevelopment intentions, demonstrating a threat of harm to the potential heritage item.
The LDA was referred to Council’s Heritage Advisor for comment, as the subject site is situated within the vicinity of a number of listed items of heritage significance. As part of the review of the LDA, Council’s Heritage Advisor determined the property at 68 Denistone Road, Denistone, to have cultural heritage significance and to be a good representative example of an Inter-War Californian Bungalow. The dwelling displays a high degree of design integrity and is significantly enhanced by its established landscaped garden setting, which contains a number of significant landscape features and comprises the heritage curtilage. The interior of the dwelling also displays a remarkably high degree of integrity with many fine features. It is also one of the more prominent dwellings in the streetscape, amplified by its corner orientation and having a significant contribution to the Florence Avenue and Denistone Road streetscapes.
Given that this property is considered to have local heritage significance and is under imminent threat of harm through subdivision and demolition, it was prudent that Council resolved to follow the necessary process to impose an IHO over the property.
INTERIM HERITAGE ORDER
The Interim Heritage Order is also available for public inspection at the Customer Service Centre, 1 Pope Street, Ryde, and North Ryde Office, Level 1, Building 0, Binary Centre, 3 Richardson Place, North Ryde, during normal office hours (8.30 am - 4.30 pm).
What is an Interim Heritage Order?
An IHO is a temporary heritage protection measure against the demolition of a potential heritage item. It also provides Council with the time to further assess the heritage significance of a potential item and take the appropriate steps to list the item if warranted.
The legal effect of an IHO made by a local Council is that approval is required for any development for the life of the order and demolition is prohibited during that period.
One of the key requirements for imposing an IHO over a property is that Council must consider that the subject property is being or is likely to be harmed. In this case, the lodgement of the Development Application involving the subdivision of the land and foreshadowing the demolition of the property, constitutes a threat of harm.
Council will shortly commission a qualified heritage specialist to undertake an independent assessment to establish the cultural heritage signifiance of 68 Denistone Road, Denistone.
If the assessment confirms that the property has local heritage significance, Council will then commence the preparation of a Planning Proposal to include 68 Denistone Road, Denistone, within Schedule 5 – Environmental Heritage of the Ryde Local Environmental Plan 2014. The Planning Proposal will be submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment with a request for a Gateway Determination (which will specify conditions for the public exhibition of the Planning Proposal).
Once the Planning Proposal is on public exhibition, members of the community will have opportunity to review and comment on the Planning Proposal and the proposed heritage listing.