Peer Review Case Study for 12 Small Street Woollahra by Sydney Heritage Consultants
Sydney Heritage Consultants were commissioned to prepare a Heritage Peer Review for home owner in Small Street Woollahra in relation to a neighbouring property. The proposal involved the demolition of a Contributory Item in the Fletcher Precinct of the Woollahra Heritage Conservation Area (HCA) and for the construction of an infill three/four storey dwelling house with double garage.
Our Client was not satisfied that the submitted Statement of Heritage Impact Statement (SOHI) adequately assessed the Heritage Impacts of the proposed demolition of the dwelling in relation to its Contributory significance in the Fletcher Precinct within Woollahra HCA, and located on the curtilage boundary to the recently nominated Cooper Park to the LEP and State Heritage Register. Nor did it adequately assess the impacts of the proposed infill development in relation to the streetscape character and setting of the proposal within Small Street and Figtree Lane located in the Fletcher Precinct of the Woollahra HCA, and in relation to the Local/State Heritage Register nominated Cooper Park located to the rear of the site.
The main focus of this submission was the peer review of the SOHI in particular Section 7.0 Heritage Impact of Development which assessed the extent to which the carrying out of the proposed demolition and infill development in Small Street Woollahra would impact the Local Contributory significance of the property, its location within Woollahra HCA and streetscape setting in Fletcher Precinct and streetscape character of Small Street and Figtree Lane.
After thorough assessment of the development application (DA) for the proposed demolition and infill development at the subject site we submitted an extensive report providing evidence in accordance with the DCP that the impact of the proposed demolition and infill development on the heritage values, aesthetic significance and streetscape setting and on the significance and character of the Fletcher precinct in the Woollahra HCA was not acceptable and we recommended the application for development approval be refused and the proposal amended to ensure retention of this Local Contributory Item and appropriate alterations and additions to the subject dwelling.