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Chantal Danieli is an award winning heritage consultant available for hire in Sydney.

Leverage nearly 20 years of experience for heritage evaluation, adaptive re-use and conservation.

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A personalised
consulting service

Chantal offers a personalised, 1-on-1, service that gives your project the specialist attention it deserves. Rather than getting lost in a large firm, Chantal works closely with you for each step of the project. It is like having a personal concierge for your heritage project.

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20 years extensive industry experience

Chantal has held a number of positions with businesses that specialise in heritage consultancy services in Australia for project assessment, documentation and reporting.

Chantal has completed preparation of expression of interest and fee submissions including sub-consultants’ input, Community Consultation as well as ongoing Client and Sub-consultant liaison.

Heavy involvement with consultation work with Government authorities such as the NSW Heritage Office, Australian Heritage Commission, DECC (NPWS), Department of Planning, Property NSW and councils

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HERITAGE IMPACT STATEMENT

Also known as Statement of Heritage Impact it is a required heritage report that Councils will request as part of the Development Application (DA).  Statements of Heritage Impact (SHI) enable Councils to determine if a proposed development is likely to have a detrimental impact on a heritage item, conservation area or heritage items in the vicinity (physically or visually).  They are normally required as part of a Development Application submission if one or more of these circumstances is relevant.

  • The HIS report provides a heritage assessment by describing the heritage significance of the place and its history, how the proposed development affects / does not affect that significance, and the management measures proposed to mitigate negative impacts to that significance. Sydney Heritage Consultants advise that the best outcome can be achieved if we join the project team as early as possible to inform the design team to avoid or mitigate potentially adverse impacts and explore alternative options to achieve overall project objectives and satisfy Councils Controls and Objectives.
  • Sydney Heritage Consultants has assisted numerous architects, planners and home owners to protect the essential architectural character of heritage listed/contributory buildings (residential and commercial), as they are expanded and transformed in a sympathetic manner to meet modern day living/working requirements.

Case Study:- 345 Belmont Street Alexandria

Sydney Heritage Consultants prepared a Heritage Impact Statement for 345 Belmont Street Alexandria for Domus Homes for alterations and additions to a Contributory Item in the Albion Street Conservation Area.

Challenges that were successfully resolved included reviewing the City of Sydney Council’s Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012, and working with the architect to address design / heritage / planning issues such as built form and setbacks.

DEMOLITION REPORT

Some consent authorities will ask for a demolition report to be prepared prior to the subject building being demolished. The demolition report seeks to provide a record of the existing building prior to it being demolished or substantially altered.

A brief history of the property is researched. This history entails research on previous development application relating to the property in order to track when changes were made as well as extensions and additions etc.

It also traces the subdivision pattern in the local area. It requires a measured drawing of the floor plans of the building to show its current state and photographs of the building marked up by number on the floor plan or the survey plan as provided.

You will only need this report if the consent authority requested it. A demolition report is usually required after Development Application approval has been received by the applicant and prior to a Construction Certificate being granted.

HERITAGE PEER REVIEW

The Peer Review is a formal response in accordance with Council guidelines in relation to “Submission or comment on a DA” if one believes a Development Application does not follow Councils Controls and provisions of the EP&A Act 1979.

We provide advice and help to increase the chances of approvals or refusals by authorities having jurisdiction over proposed DAs or building works. Setting, scale, bulk, height, curtilage, the relationship of new to old, and interiors are all factors that need to be taken into account especially with respect to streetscape context and architectural styles.

CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT PLAN

Conservation management plans (CMP) are the main guiding document for the conservation and management of State listed heritage items.

The CMP is a comprehensive document used as a guide to control future changes to buildings and places. It includes a Statement of Cultural Significance based on historical, physical and comparative analysis.

Examples of CMP projects I have completed: 

  • Robin Hood Farm, Client: Department of Planning-
  • Cadmans Cottage, Client: NPWS (DEC)
  • Newtown Town Hall, Client:  Marrickville Council
  • Prospect Hill, Client: Holroyd Council
  • Bonnyrigg House, Client: Department of Planning
  • Hurley Park Reservoir & Cattle Tanks, Client: Campbelltown Council

The CMP guides formulation of policies in order to help prepare a schedule of works for specific repairs, conservation works and maintenance schedules to guide and control changes. A CMP provides owners with regular maintenance plans and helps them make decisions in relation to future changes, provides specific conservation work schedules, defined management responsibilities and outlines clear sensible recommendations.


A CMP has been defined in Jim Kerr’s The Conservation Plan as “a document which sets out what is significant about a place and consequently what policies are appropriate which enable that significance to be retained in its future use and development. For most places it deals with the management of change.” (Kerr, J.S. 2013, Conservation Plan, 7th edn)


A CMP is useful to accompany an application for approval under the Heritage Act 1977.


A CMP provides information to help assess the application, including clear:

  • statement of the significance of the item
  • identification of the constraints and opportunities that affect the item (including the owner’s needs)
  • clear policies as to which fabric, or elements, of the item need to be conserved.

It outlines what can be changed, if and where any new development could occur, and the parameters for such development or the degree of change that is permissible.


A CMP is also useful as a framework for an agreed conservation and management approach to a heritage item, particularly in the decision-making process.


A good understanding of the significance and values of a heritage item is important in such cases.

CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

An alternative to a full CMP is a conservation management strategy (CMS). A CMS is a shorter version of a CMP that will provide a broad overview of conservation approaches and management guidance.

A CMS may be useful in the following situations:

  • as an interim conservation and management document for State Heritage Register items pending the preparation of a standard conservation management plan
  • for use with items of local significance
  • for a range of heritage items of similar form and function (such as State agency owned infrastructure items).
  • Tanks, Client: Campbelltown Council

Case Study- Pulpit Hill, including Explorers Tree, Client: Blue Mountains City Council

The overall aim of the CMS for Pulpit Hill including the Explores Tree was been to investigate and assess the significance of the Pulpit Hill study area and to provide Blue Mountains City Council with a series of possible options to ensure ongoing conservation.

As part of the preparation of the CMS, an analysis of the existing documentary and physical evidence was undertaken. The analysis focused on understanding the historical evidence of the study area and Explorers Tree within the broader Pulpit Hill context.

Supplementary research was undertaken due to gaps in the existing documentation. A careful review of the current significance assessment was undertaken with due regard to the tangible and intangible values associated with Explorers Tree and the Pulpit Hill study area.

Significant cultural heritage values not currently apparent in the existing State Heritage Inventory (SHI) forms were assessed and documented. The CMS provided an historical summary and physical analysis of the place, made an assessment of the significance of individual elements, surrounding land and the geographic context, and developed strategies, guidelines and actions for the conservation of the heritage significance of Pulpit Hill.

The CMS determined the cultural significance of Pulpit Hill and its component items, including Explorers Tree and Convict Grave Site, and provided policies that directed the future management, new works and interpretation of Pulpit Hill.

HERITAGE INTERPRETATION STRATEGY

The preparation of a Heritage Interpretation Plan or Strategy is often imposed as a condition of development consent.  Sydney Heritage Consultants has produced Heritage Interpretation Plans and Strategies to accompany projects associated with listed heritage places in Sydney and elsewhere. 

Interpretation is an essential part of the heritage conservation process, as important as authentic restoration and regular maintenance.  Interpretation aims to build understanding and meaning about the specific values of heritage places and items, to engage audiences in a way that is appealing and stimulating.  Good interpretation should build community recognition and support of a site’s values and significance.

Heritage interpretation is an integral part of the conservation and management of heritage items and is relevant to other aspects of environmental and cultural management and policy. Heritage interpretation provides opportunities to stimulate ideas and debate about Australian life and values, and the meaning of our history, culture and the environment.

An Interpretation Strategy provides policies, strategies and detailed advice for the interpretation of a building, place or  site. It identifies key themes, storylines and audiences, and provides recommendations about interpretation devices. It includes information about how best to implement  identified strategies through integration into the proposed building, place or site. It is based on research and analysis, with the main aim being to communicate the significance of the heritage item to a variety of audiences through a number of different methods.

Examples of projects I have completed:

  • Como Heritage Trail, Heritage Interpretation Plan, Consultant to Australian Museum Business Services. Client:Sutherland Shire Council
  • Interpretation Strategy for the site of the Former St Andrews School site, Emerald Hills, Client: Macarthur Developments Pty Ltd – subconsultant to AHMS
  • Tarra Interpretation Strategy for the Eastern Dawes Point Peninsula, Client: SHFA

Case Study:- St Andrews School Site, Emerald Hills

Chantal worked as a Consultant for AHMS and Australian Museum Business Services (AMBS) preparing Heritage Interpretation Strategies for the former St Andrews School site within the Emerald Hills residential development site. The aim of this project was to reveal the significance of the former St Andrews School Site within Emerald Hills site including the Aboriginal and European land use history and the Sydney School of Architecture style of the former St Andrews’ Boys Home (now demolished) to a variety of audiences.

The Interpretation Strategy provided policies, strategies and detailed advice for the interpretation of the former St Andrews School Site within Emerald Hills Residential Development Site. It identified key themes, storylines and audiences, and provided recommendations about interpretation devices. It included information about how to implement the identified strategies through integration into the proposed residential development. It was based on research and analysis, with the main aim being to communicate the significance of the heritage site or area to a variety of audiences through a number of different methods.

Frequently asked questions

Conservation management plans (CMP) are the main guiding document for the conservation and management of State listed heritage items.

The CMP is a comprehensive document used as a guide to control future changes to buildings and places. It includes a Statement of Cultural Significance based on historical, physical and comparative analysis.

The CMP guides formulation of policies in order to help prepare a schedule of works for specific repairs, conservation works and maintenance schedules to guide and control changes. A CMP provides owners with regular maintenance plans and helps them make decisions in relation to future changes, provides specific conservation work schedules, defined management responsibilities and outlines clear sensible recommendations.

A CMP has been defined in Jim Kerr’s The Conservation Plan as “a document which sets out what is significant about a place and consequently what policies are appropriate which enable that significance to be retained in its future use and development. For most places it deals with the management of change.” (Kerr, J.S. 2013, Conservation Plan, 7th edn)

Chantal Danieli has worked for many of the larger competitor firms and therefore brings a wealth of experience and knowledge at a competitive price and a quick turn-around time for preparing reports to ensure your Development Application can be lodged with Council.

I have always been committed to providing quality advice and services in a timely manner to my clients. I have always sought to help clients find workable solutions to heritage issues and help people manage important places.

I believe in striking the right balance between the private rights to develop land and public interest concerns for heritage. I am able help people manage places-domestic, commercial, state, industrial, institutional, farms and general heritage building stock.

I have worked on diverse range of projects from high profile to individual dwellings. 

I am extremely motivated, ambitious and adaptable.

A heritage consultant brings expert advice and practice when it comes to an existing built environment — including buildings, ruins and historic areas — and other heritage contexts and projects.

Heritage consultants can work within an organisation (including NGOs) freelance or as an employee of a consultancy firm. They provide the necessary information to work with a building with respect to its historical significance.

Chantal engages, where necessary, the assistance of qualified architects, historians, heritage landscape professionals, horticulturalists, arborists, archaeologists, Aboriginal heritage consultants and other specialist consultants.

We often collaborate with James Nicholson of Adaptive Architects Pty Ltd Director | Nominated Architect | Reg No 7205

Working with an independent heritage consultant means you receive personal service that is focussed on your project.

Through our numerous years of experience we strongly believe in striking the right balance between the private’s right to develop land and protecting the public interest concerns for heritage.


Any decisions about heritage items/places should be practical and viable whilst retaining heritage values and identified significance.


Achieving positive heritage outcomes is fundamental to all projects we work on.

Chantal Danieli is a Sydney-based Heritage Conservation Specialist with specialist skills in the fields of heritage evaluation, adaptive re-use and conservation. Chantal has been involved in a range of successful works in NSW and has worked for more than 16 years in the heritage field.

Chantal has experience in preparing Conservation Management Plans, Heritage Impact Statements, Heritage Assessments, Heritage Assessments, Heritage Inventory Sheets, Heritage and Conservation Register entries Archival Recordings, Heritage Curtilage Studies, Interpretation Plans, Community Consultation, preparation of submissions including sub-consultants’ input as well as ongoing liaison with Clients, Authorities and Sub-consultant for all projects.

Chantal Danieli has experience in producing specific Conservation Management Plans or Heritage Studies for built items, parklands, open space and development land.

Chantal specialises in producing Heritage Impacts Statements as part of Development Applications to Council for identified Heritage Items, for Development Items in the vicinity of Heritage Items or Development Items within Conservation Areas.

Chantal has extensive abilities in research, critical writing, report construction, presentation and argumentation. I am able to undertake primary and secondary research and in undertaking heritage research utilising multiple sources and approaches, and presenting findings in a clear concise manner. I am able to apply appropriate statutory heritage and planning legislation and policies to heritage issues, particularly the Heritage Act 1977 and the Burra Charter.

I enjoy identifying opportunities within constrained sites and providing strategic advice to clients who own heritage items or have a property within a the vicinity of a heritage item and/or in a Conservation Areas

I enjoy undertaking heritage research utilising multiple sources and approaches, and present findings in a succinct manner.

I believe in providing heritage advice that offers practical solutions and accurate advice to owners, managers and developers of heritage buildings and places. Provide clarity and certainty in the heritage approval process

I have extensive experience in writing Statements of Significance, Statements of Heritage Impact, Heritage Inventory Sheets, Heritage and Conservation Register entries, Heritage Advice, Heritage Policies and Conservation Management Plans Advice and reports on all issues relating to the manner in which buildings and places can be modified added to or partially demolished. My approach is to provide Positive heritage outcomes for all projects.