AN increase in the size of the proposed heritage overlay applied to Strathdale residence Nanga Gnulle has allowed the plan to pass council, after recommendations from an independent panel were adopted on Wednesday.
The heritage overlay on the mud brick residence was further extended to take in seven metres to the northwest and southeast of the building, and extends to the rear boundary of the site. It also takes in the area from the northeast frontage to the top of the eastern side of the water course.
The changes helped the plan to reach a compromise with objectors, some of which audibly applauded the council’s decision at this month’s ordinary meeting.
The extension of the heritage overlay preserves understanding of the “siting” of the house designed by Alistair Knox, and protects the area from development. Outbuildings on the site were not considered to have adequate heritage value and were left outside the heritage area.
The heritage overlay will now be sent to the planning minister for approval.
Developers plan to subdivide the areas of the land – which has an entrance onto Harley Street – that were not included in the heritage overlay. That matter is likely to come before council at a later date.
Cr Andrea Metcalf said it was a pleasing outcome, and she congratulated objectors on being able to extend the curtilege surrounding the house.
“Their diligence resulted in curtilege that resulted in what Alistair Knox wanted to achieve,” she said.
The plan passed council unanimously, with Cr Jennifer Alden believing an adequate compromise had been achieved.
“It ensures the surrounding development remains sensitive to… other landscape features,” she said.
“We now have the best that could be achieved in the situation.”
The independent planning panel, convened by the state government, analysed the proposal in March and reported in June.
Plans to subdivide the property were first proposed in mid-2016 and received a large number of objections.