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Interim Heritage Order No.6 - 68-70 Chatham Road, Denistone

Published on 05 March 2019

Council on 26 February 2019 resolved to apply an Interim Heritage Order (IHO) to the property known as 68–70 Chatham Road, Denistone, as the property is the subject of a Local Development Application (LDA) that seeks multi-dwelling housing comprising 4 Dwellings and Strata Sub-division.

The LDA was available for community comment between 16 January 2019 and 6 February 2019. Council received submissions during the notification period, raising concerns over the potential heritage significance of the property.

On consideration of a preliminary heritage assessment of the subject land by a person with appropriate heritage knowledge, skills and experience and who was retained by the Council, it was concluded that the subject houses make a strong contribution to the character and potential significance of the area. As a result their demolition has been prevented pending further heritage assessment.

Given that the property may have local heritage significance and is under imminent threat of harm through demolition, it was prudent that Council resolved to follow the necessary process to impose an IHO over the property.


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 lodgment of the Development Application 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 significance of 68-70 Chatham 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 68-70 Chatham Road, Denistone, within Schedule 5 – Environmental Heritage of the Ryde Local Environmental Plan 2014. The Planning Proposal will be prepared under the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, and will include community consultation.

At that stage, members of the community will have opportunity to review and comment on the Planning Proposal and the proposed heritage listing.

Last updated on 5 March 2019