HERITAGE SERVICES


TP Sydney Heritage Consultants have extensive experience in dealing with heritage matters in Sydney. Our understanding of Sydney Councils & the Heritage office’s heritage requirements will help to solve your heritage issues and get your development approved. We offer the following Heritage services:


  • Preparation of Heritage Impact Statements (HIS) – Also known as Statement of Heritage Impact or Statement of Significance; these heritage reports are required as part of the development application documentation for developments that is within or would impact a heritage item (whether visually or physically), and / or within a heritage conservation area. The HIS reportprovides 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.


  • Preparation of Conservation Management Plans (CMP) - CMPs are basically management plans that outlines standard protocols as to how heritage items and / or and heritage conservation areas should be conserved and maintained. We can assist in preparing CMPs as part of development applications, and we can also prepare CMP on behalf of Council in fulfilling its legislative obligation for heritage items and heritage conservation areas in their LGA.


  • Preparation of Archival Photographic Recording – As part of approvals for alterations & additions,  Councils frequently require the existing state of heritage items to be recorded with drawings and photographs before works are carried out. This requires a significant amount of photographic referencing of internal and external areas in accordance with NSW Heritage Division’s Photographic Recording of Heritage Items using Film or Digital Capture requirements which is then submitted to the relevant Council and/or Heritage Office.

We provide a FREE initial consultation so that our heritage consultant can fully understand your heritage issues. Contact our Heritage Consultant now for free heritage advice.

RECENT HERITAGE PROJECTS


Strathfield Municipal Council - Our heritage consultant prepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support a development application (DA) for the demolition of an existing house and to build a contemporary 2-storey house in South Street, Strathfield (Strathfield Council). The property is located next to a Heritage Item. The Heritage Report had to address the heritage requirements of Strathfield Council's Local Environmental Plan 2015 & Development Control Plan, and justify why the development would not adversely impact on the neighbouring Heritage Item.

  • State Heritage Item? No
  • Local Heritage Item? No
  • Heritage Conservation Area (HCA)? No
  • Near Heritage Item or Conservation Area? Yes
  • Required Heritage Impact Statement (HIS)? Yes


Waverley Council - TRANPLAN town planner prepared the  town planning (Statement of Environmental Effects) report and Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support a development application (DA) for the alterations & additions (renovation / ground & first floor extension) to an existing 2-storey attached terrace row (local heritage building) in Ruthven Street, Bondi Junction (Waverley Council). Challenges include reviewing the Waverley Council's Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012, and working with the project architect to address design / heritage / planning issues. 


City of Sydney Council - TRANPLAN prepared the  town planning (Statement of Environmental Effects) report and Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support a development application (DA) for the demolition to an existing 1-storey cottage (contributory building in a Conservation Area and adjoins a Heritage Item) in Pembroke Street, Surry Hills (City of Sydney Council) and construction of a 3 storey studio and 3-bed dwelling with rooftop terrace. Challenges include reviewing the City of Sydney Council's Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012, and working with the project architect to address design / heritage / planning issues. 

 

City of Sydney Council - TRANPLAN prepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support a development application (DA) for the alterations & additions (renovation / fitout) to an existing 2-storey heritage building in Hay Street, Haymarket (City of Sydney Council) and change of use to a dental / medical centre. Challenges include reviewing the City of Sydney Council's Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012, and working with the project architect to resolve issues so that the works qualify for exemption under the Heritage Act 1977. The property is a Heritage Item of State significance (State Heritage Register No. 00693) known as "Municipal / Corporation building". Our heritage consultant also sought exemption from Section 60 with the Heritage Council for the development under S57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977. Once DA was approved by Council, our heritage consultant provided photographic archival recording in accordance with the Council’s conditions of consent & Heritage Office archival requirements. 


Waverley Council - TRANPLAN prepared the  town planning (Statement of Environmental Effects) report and Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support a development application (DA) for the alterations & additions (renovation / ground & first floor extension) to an existing 2-storey attached terrace row (local heritage building) in Ruthven Street, Bondi Junction (Waverley Council). Challenges include reviewing the Waverley Council's Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012, and working with the project architect to address design / heritage / planning issues. 


City of Sydney Council - TRANPLAN Heritage Consultant prepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support a development application (DA) to allow for a contemporary /modern design following demolition of the original building - an existing late 19th century timber cottage in Vine St, Darlington (City of Sydney Council). Challenges include reviewing City of Sydney Council's Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012. The property is with the Darling Nursery Estate Heritage Conservation Area and in the immediate vicinity of a Heritage Item under SLEP 2012. Our heritage consultant supported the contemporary design.

  • State Heritage Item? No
  • Local Heritage Item? No
  • Heritage Conservation Area (HCA)? No
  • Near Heritage Item or Conservation Area? Yes
  • Required Heritage Impact Statement (HIS)? Yes

 

City of Sydney Council - TRANPLAN prepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support a development application (DA) for the alterations & additions (renovation / fitout) to an existing 12-storey heritage building in King Street, Sydney (City of Sydney Council). Challenges include reviewing the City of Sydney Council's Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012, and working with the project architect to resolve issues so that the works qualify for exemption under the Heritage Act 1977. The property is a Heritage Item of State significance (State Heritage Register No. 00676) known as "Trust building". Our heritage consultant also sought exemption from Section 60 with the Heritage Council for the development under S57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977.


City of Sydney Council - TRANPLAN prepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support a development application (DA) for the alterations & additions (renovation / fitout) to an existing 12-storey heritage building in King Street, Sydney (City of Sydney Council). Challenges include reviewing the City of Sydney Council's Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012, and working with the project architect to resolve issues so that the works qualify for exemption under the Heritage Act 1977. The property is a Heritage Item of State significance (State Heritage Register No. 00676) known as "Trust building". Our heritage consultant also sought exemption from Section 60 with the Heritage Council for the development under S57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977.


Parramatta City Council - TRANPLAN Heritage Consultant prepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support a development application (DA) for the demolition of a Heritage Item - an existing late 19th century timber cottage in Ada St, Harris Park (Parramatta City Council). Challenges include reviewing Parramatta Council's Parramatta Local Environment Plan 2011 & Parramatta Development Control Plan 2011 and liaising with the client, architect and engineer to confirm the dilapidated condition of the cottage. The property is with the Harris Park West Heritage Conservation Area and in the immediate vicinity of several Heritage Items under PLEP 2011. Our heritage consultant supported the demolition of the Heritage timber cottage given that the heritage significance of the property has been eroded by termite and elemental damage.

  • State Heritage Item? No
  • Local Heritage Item? Yes
  • Heritage Conservation Area (HCA)? Yes
  • Near Heritage Item or Conservation Area? Yes
  • Required Heritage Impact Statement (HIS)? Yes


City of Sydney Council - Our heritage planner provided specialist heritage advice and prepare a Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support the development application for works to a heritage Item in Glebe Street, Glebe (Sydney Council) being Item 781 - Shop and residence ‘Fernville’ including interiors. Challenges include reviewing the Building Code of Australia, Council's Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012 and working closely with the project architect.


City of Sydney Council - Our heritage planner provided specialist heritage advice and prepare a Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) for a heritage Item in Bayswater Road, Kings Cross (Sydney Council) in response to fire order issues by the Council of the City of Sydney which requires the stair balustrades to be upgraded in a way that is sympathetic to the heritage significance of the item and complies with the BCA Clause D2.16 and D2.17. Challenges include reviewing the Building Code of Australia, Council's Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012.


Willoughby City Council - Our town planning & heritage company prepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support a development application (DA) for alterations & additions to an existing single-storey double-gabled Inter-war bungalow in Mclean Street, Chatswood (Willoughby City Council). Challenges for our town planner was the thorough research of Willoughby City Council’s controls - Willoughby Local Environment Plan 2012, Willoughby Development Control Plan, and working with the project architect to design a first floor addition within the roof space to blend in with the original building and the C2 "Blue Gum" Heritage Conservation Area.

  • State Heritage Item? No
  • Local Heritage Item? No
  • Heritage Conservation Area (HCA)? Yes
  • Near Heritage Item or Conservation Area? No
  • Required Heritage Impact Statement (HIS)? Yes



Willoughby City Council - Our town planning & heritage company prepared the town planning (Statement of Environmental Effects) report and Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to  support a development application (DA) for alterations & additions to an existing Inter-war bungalow in Martin Street, Naremburn / St Leonards (Willoughby City Council). Challenges for our town planner was the thorough research of Willoughby City Council’s controls - Willoughby Local Environment Plan 2012, Willoughby Development Control Plan, and working with the project architect to design a first floor addition within the roof space to blend in with the original building and the C8 Naremburn Heritage Conservation Area. 

  1. State Heritage Item? No
  2. Local Heritage Item? No
  3. Heritage Conservation Area (HCA)? Yes
  4. Near Heritage Item or Conservation Area? No
  5. Required Heritage Impact Statement (HIS)? Yes


Ku-ring-gai Council - TRANPLAN prepared the town planning (Statement of Environmental Effects) report and Heritage Impact Statement (HIS)to  support a development application (DA) for 2 dual occupancies and future subdivision of a property on Pacific Highway / Myall Avenue, Wahroonga (Ku-ring-gai Council). Challenges include reviewing the previous DA,  Ku-ring-gai Local Environment Plan 2015 & Development Control Plan, and working with the project architect to design a suitable design to blend in with the existing contributory building on the land and the C4 Mahratta Conservation Area. and other Heritage Items in the vicinity. 

  1. State Heritage Item? No
  2. Local Heritage Item? Yes
  3. Heritage Conservation Area (HCA)? Yes
  4. Near Heritage Item or Conservation Area? Yes
  5. Required Heritage Impact Statement (HIS)? Yes


City of Sydney Council - TRANPLAN prepared the town planning (Statement of Environmental Effects) report to  support a development application (DA) for the minor fit out as a Cafe within a redundant loading dock of an existing 6-storey heritage building in Kent Street, Sydney (City of Sydney Council). Challenges include reviewing the previously refused DA (for a similar use), City of Sydney Council's Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012, and the Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for the Heritage building . The property is a Heritage Item (Item 1824) of Local  significance known as "former Kelco House" and is also directly next to several other Heritage Items. 

  1. State Heritage Item? No
  2. Local Heritage Item? Yes
  3. Heritage Conservation Area (HCA)? No
  4. Near Heritage Item or Conservation Area? Yes
  5. Required Heritage Impact Statement (HIS)? Yes


Leichhardt Municipal Council - TRANPLAN Heritage Consultantprepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to  support a development application (DA) for a partial demolition and rear addition to an existing semi-detached house in Nelson St, Rozelle. Challenges was the thorough research of Leichhardt Municipal Council’s controls - Leichhardt Local Environment Plan 2013 & Leichhardt Development Control Plan 2013 and the Heritage Inventory for "the Valley Conservation Area" .

  1. State Heritage Item? No
  2. Local Heritage Item? No
  3. Heritage Conservation Area (HCA)? Yes
  4. Near Heritage Item or Conservation Area? Yes
  5. Required Heritage Impact Statement (HIS)? Yes


City of Sydney Council - TRANPLAN prepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to  support a development application (DA) for the minor demolition and fit out to an existing 6-storey heritage building in Elizabeth Street, Sydney (City of Sydney Council). Challenges include reviewing the City of Sydney Council's Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012, and the State Heritage Register. The property is a Heritage Item of State  significance known as "Metters building including interiors" and is also directly next to several other State & Local Heritage Items. Our heritage consultant also sought exemption from the Heritage Council for the development under S57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977.

  1. State Heritage Item? Yes
  2. Local Heritage Item? No
  3. Heritage Conservation Area (HCA)? No
  4. Near Heritage Item or Conservation Area? Yes
  5. Required Heritage Impact Statement (HIS)? Yes


City of Sydney Council - TRANPLAN consulting prepared the town planning (Statement of Environmental Effects) report to  support a development application (DA) for the fit out and change of use as a place of public worship (Church) to an existing 2nd storey tenancy in Glebe Point Road, Sydney (City of Sydney Council). Challenges include reviewing the City of Sydney Council's Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012 and liaising with the client. The property is directly next to Local Heritage Item (I 685) known as "former Australian Gaslight Co Showroom including interior" and located within the Glebe Point Road Heritage Conservation Area (C29)under SLEP 2012. Our heritage consultant has justified that a Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) is not required given that the project has no impact on heritage significance.

  1. State Heritage Item? No
  2. Local Heritage Item? No
  3. Heritage Conservation Area (HCA)? Yes
  4. Near Heritage Item or Conservation Area? Yes
  5. Required Heritage Impact Statement (HIS)? No


City of Sydney Council - Our experienced town planner prepared the town planning (Statement of Environmental Effects) report  fora development application (DA) for the commercial fitout and change of use as a beauty and spa centre to an existing 5-storey heritage commercial building in Clarence St, Sydney (City of Sydney Council). Challenges include reviewing the City of Sydney Council's Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012 and liaising with the client/project architect. The property is  a Local Heritage Item (I 1720) known as "Former warehouse including interiors" under SLEP 2012. Therefore our heritage consultant also prepared a Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) for the project.

  1. State Heritage Item? No
  2. Local Heritage Item? Yes
  3. Heritage Conservation Area (HCA)? No
  4. Near Heritage Item or Conservation Area? Yes
  5. Required Heritage Impact Statement (HIS)? Yes


TRANPLAN Heritage Planner provided Heritage services to  support an alterations & addition to an existing property in George St, Sydney (City of Sydney Council). Challenges include reviewing the Heritage Office's Inventory & Heritage Manual and liaising with the client/project architect. The property is a Local Heritage Item under SLEP 2012. Therefore our heritage consultant also prepared a Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) for the project.

  1. State Heritage Item? No
  2. Local Heritage Item? Yes
  3. Heritage Conservation Area (HCA)? No
  4. Near Heritage Item or Conservation Area? Yes
  5. Required Heritage Impact Statement (HIS)? Yes


City of Sydney Council - Our experienced Heritage consultant provided service to  support a development application (DA) for the alterations & addition to an existing property in Bridge Road, Sydney (City of Sydney Council). Challenges include reviewing the City of Sydney Council's Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012 and liaising with the client/project architect. The property is located near a Local Heritage Item (I659) known as "Boarding house development including Interiors" under SLEP 2012 and is also with the Lyndhurst Heritage Conservation Area (C31). Therefore our heritage consultant also prepared a Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) for the project.

  1. State Heritage Item? No
  2. Local Heritage Item? No
  3. Heritage Conservation Area (HCA)? Yes
  4. Near Heritage Item or Conservation Area? Yes
  5. Required Heritage Impact Statement (HIS)? Yes


Blue Mountains City Council - Our town planning consultant prepared a development objection for a site in Lurline Street, Katoomba (Blue Mountains City Council). The client wanted to make an objection to a development application (DA) for a part demolition of an existing Heritage Item (the Cecil) and construction of an attached 3-storey addition and change of use as a boarding house / affordable housing for seniors. Challenges for our town planner was the thorough research of Blue Mountains City Council’s controls - Blue Mountains Local Environment Plan 2005, Draft Blue Mountains Local Environment Plan 2013 & Blue Mountains Better Living Development Control Plan 2013, and review the impact of the proposed development on the heritage conservation issues as well as amenity issues to neighbours e.g. bulk, height, setbacks, overshadowing, loss of visual & acoustic privacy etc. The most crucial issue was that the DA should be assessed under State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors & People with a Disability) 2004, and not State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental housing) 2009, and severe impacts would have been loss of views, visual & acoustic privacy, increased traffic /parking.

  1. State Heritage Item? No
  2. Local Heritage Item? Yes
  3. Heritage Conservation Area (HCA)? No
  4. Near Heritage Item or Conservation Area? Yes
  5. Required Heritage Impact Statement (HIS)? Yes


  • Leichhardt Municipal Council - Our town planning consultant prepared a development objection for a site in Booth Street, Balmain (Leichhardt Municipal Council). The client wanted to make an objection to a development application (DA) right next door to their home for a part demolition of an existing house (the property is in the Annandale Heritage Conservation Area) and construction of new 2-storey addition and use as a residence and health consulting room (dental surgery). Challenges for our town planner was the thorough research of Leichhardt Municipal Council’s controls - Leichhardt Local Environment Plan 2013 & Leichhardt Development Control Plan 2013 and review the impact of the proposed development on the heritage conservation issues as well as amenity issues to neighbours e.g. bulk, height, setbacks, overshadowing, loss of visual & acoustic privacy etc. The most severe impacts would have been overshadowing, and loss of visual & acoustic privacy due to removal of setback and gross exceed of the maximum floor space ratio (FSR) .
    1. State Heritage Item? No
    2. Local Heritage Item? No
    3. Heritage Conservation Area (HCA)? Yes
    4. Near Heritage Item or Conservation Area? Yes
    5. Required Heritage Impact Statement (HIS)? Yes


  • City of Sydney Council - Our experienced Heritage Planner provided service to  support a development application (DA) for the alterations & addition to an existing property in Glebe Point Road, Sydney (City of Sydney Council). Challenges include reviewing the City of Sydney Council's Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012 and liaising with the client/project architect. The property is part of a Local Heritage Item (I705) collectively known as "Shop and Residence Group including Interiors" under SLEP 2012 and is also with the Glebe Point Road Heritage Conservation Area (C29). Therefore our heritage consultant also prepared a Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) and provided specialist heritage advice for the project .


  • City of Sydney Council - Our town planning company prepared the town planning (Statement of Environmental Effects) report to support a development application (DA) for the alterations & addition to an existing gymnasium in Kent St, Sydney (City of Sydney Council). Challenges for our town planner was reviewing the City of Sydney Council's Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012 and liaising with the client/project consultant regarding issues such as BCA compliance controls. The property is also a Local Heritage Item under SLEP 2012 and therefore our heritage consultant also prepared a Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) for the DA.


  • Waverley Council - Our town planner prepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support a development application (DA) to convert an existing factory in Judges Lane, Waverley (Waverley Council). Challenges for our town planner was researching Waverley Council's Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2012 and Waverley Development Control Plan 2012. Heritage challenges for our heritage consultant was the property is in close proximity to Heritage Item and archaeological site. 


  • City of Sydney Council - Our town planner prepared the town planning (Statement of Environmental Effects) report to support a development application (DA) for the alterations & addition to an existing inner city terrace in George St, Redfern (City of Sydney Council). Challenges for our town planner was reviewing and analysing City of Sydney Council's Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 & Sydney Development Control Plan 2012 and liaising with the project architect to resolve issues such as extending the kitchen to the common boundary and ensuring that the development complies with site coverage, private open space (POS), floor-space-ratio (FSR) controls. Another issue was the property was located in the Redfern Estate Heritage Conservation Area, and therefore our heritage consultant also prepared a Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) for the DA. 


  • Hornsby Shire Council - Our heritage consultant prepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support a development application (DA) for the demolition of an existing Federation dwelling and to subdivide the site into 2 Torrens title lots in Surrey Street, Epping (Hornsby Shire Council). The property is located next to a heritage item and within a heritage conservation area. The Statement of Heritage Impact report had to address the heritage requirements of Hornsby Shire Council's LEP & DCP, and justify why the development would not have adverse impact on the Heritage Item and the East Epping Heritage Conservation Area.


  • Parramatta City Council - Our town planner prepared the town planning (Statement of Environmental Effects) report to support a development application (DA) for the demolition of existing structures and amalgamation of 2 lots and build a 11-unit multi dwelling housing (townhouses) development with basement car parking in Railway St, Wentworthville (Parramatta City Council). Challenges for our town planner was reviewing and analysing Parramatta City Council's Parramatta Local Environment Plan 2011 & Parramatta Development Control Plan 2011 and liaising with the project architect, hydraulic engineer, civil engineer, arborist, access consultant and other project consultants to resolve issues such as easement for stormwater drainage, accessibility, traffic/parking, and ensuring that the development complies with site coverage, private open space (POS), floor-space-ratio (FSR), setbacks, deep soil zone (DSZ) controls. Another challenge was resolving the isolation of an adjoining property as a result of this development, and documenting the fair & reasonable offers for purchase and amalgamation with the neighbour's isolated lot. Another issue was the property was next to a Heritage Item (Short Street group), and therefore our heritage consultant also prepared a Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) for the DA. 


  • City of Sydney Council - TRANPLAN heritage specialist prepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support development application (DA) for a change of use and fitout to the State Heritage listed Newtown Train Station’s Booking Office in Newtown (City of Sydney Council) on King Street. Challenges for supporting heritage approval was researching and reviewing the City of Sydney Council's Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2012 and Development Control Plan (DCP) 2012, the recent developments / refurbishment to Newtown Station, and heritage &design issues associated with fitout for commercial restaurant in a heritage building.


  • City of Sydney Council - Our heritage consultant conducted a heritage review of a property that was going to auction on Raper St, Newtown  (City of Sydney Council) that a client was interested in purchasing for development. Challenges for our heritage consultant was researching and reviewing the City of Sydney Council's Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plans within a small timeframe and to provide timely heritage advice.


  • Campbelltown City Council - Our heritage consultant prepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support a development application (DA) to build a house in Ingleburn (Campbelltown City Council) that was within close proximity to the "Woodcrest" Heritage Item on Oxford Road. Challenges for our heritage consultant was researching and reviewing the old (but current) Campbelltown City Council's Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plans, and the new draft LEP. 


  • City of Sydney Council - Our heritage consultant conducted a heritage review of a property that was going to auction on Buckland St, Alexandria  (City of Sydney Council) that a client was interested in operating as a Cafe. Challenges for our heritage consultant was researching and reviewing the City of Sydney Council's Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plans within a small timeframe and to provide timely heritage advice.

 

  • The Hills Shire Council - Our heritage consultant prepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS)  to support a development application to demolish 2 old homes in Snowdon Avenue, Carlingford (Hills Shire Council) which is an area formerly known as Kingsdene Estate. The properties are not heritage items or within a Heritage Conservation Area, but the Hills Shire Council requires Heritage reports for properties that are more than 50 years old. 


  • Strathfield Municipal Council - Our heritage consultant prepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support a development application (DA) for the demolition of an existing house and to build a contemporary 2-storey house in Strathfield (Strathfield Council). The property is located within the Redmyre Road Heritage Conservation Area, and in the vicinity of 2 Heritage items known as the “Inglethorpe” and “Allerton”. The Heritage Report had to address the heritage requirements of Strathfield Council's LEP & DCP, and justify why the development would not impact on the heritage items and the heritage conservation area.


  • North Sydney Council - Our heritage consultant prepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support a development application (DA) for the subdivision of an existing Affordable-rental flat building, under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 i.e. the Affordable Housing SEPP, in Waverton (North Sydney Council). Challenges for our heritage consultant was the property is a contributory heritage item within the Priory Road Heritage Conservation Area  and close to the Crows Nest Road Heritage Conservation Area and close to several Heritage Items known as the “Gates and fence of former Crow’s Nest House” and/or “North Sydney Demonstration School”, “The Priory”, and “San Carlos”.


  • Ku-ring-gai Municipal Council (KMC Council) - Our heritage consultant prepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support a development application (DA) for the demolition of an existing house and to build a new 2-storey house in the rear of a battle-axe lot in Nelson Rd, Lindfield (Ku-ring-gai Council).  The lot is located in a heritage conservation area known as ‘C22’ Crown Blocks Conservation Area , and the house at the front of the battle-axe lot is a heritage item. Challenges for our heritage consultant was researching and reviewing the old Ku-ring-gai Council planning instruments including very dated and complicated Kuringai Planning Scheme Ordinance 1971 (PSO); which will soon be replaced by the Ku-ring-gai Local Environmental Plan.


  • Fairfield City Council - Our heritage consultant prepared the Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) to support a development application (DA) for the demolition of an existing house and to build 4 townhouses in Smithfield (Fairfield Council). The property is located next to a Heritage item (the Fairfield Museum and former Council Chambers). The HIS had to address the heritage requirements of Fairfield Council's LEP & DCP, and justify why the development would not impact on the Heritage item.


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a Heritage Item?

A Heritage Item is a site / structures that has been officially recognised by a government authority as important to the culture and history of a community. A designated Heritage item is usually a non-moveable object with a specific location such as any preserved landscape containing important artifacts such as historic gardens / buildings, archaeological sites etc.

How do I find out if my property is a Heritage Item?

Heritage Items and Heritage Conservation Areas (HCA) are listed by local Councils in their relevant Local Environmental Plans (LEP), which also contain broad provisions to protect those heritage items. In some cases, Heritage Items may also be of higher heritage significance and will be listed on the NSW State Heritage Register (State significance), Australia Heritage Database (National Significance) and/or UNESCO (World Heritage). Our Heritage consultant will be able to assist you in finding out if your property and/or a property that you are looking to buy has any Heritage listing.

What does it mean if my property is a Heritage Item?

Heritage listing provides formal recognition that a place / building has heritage significance and that the community wants to keep it for future generations.

If you own a heritage-listed property and/or if your property is located in a Heritage Conservation Area, there are additional development constraints and you will need to seek approval from your local council or the NSW Heritage Council if you wish to make major changes which may affect the heritage significance of the place.

Our Heritage consultant will be able to provide specialist heritage advice about what you can or can’t do to your Heritage listed property. In the majority of cases, you will need a Heritage Impact Statement for any development / works to a Heritage Item or a property in a heritage conservation area.

What is a Heritage Impact Statement?

A Heritage Impact Statement (also referred to as Statements of Heritage Impact) is a report which is prepared by an experienced heritage consultant and assesses the impacts a proposed development has on the significance of a heritage item and/or a heritage conservation area.  

Guidelines for preparing Heritage Impact Statement have been prepared by the NSW Department of Environment & Heritage.  

Why is a Statements of Heritage Impact needed?

Councils have a statutory obligation under their respective Local Environmental Plans (LEP) and cannot give approval to a development application involving a heritage item or heritage conservation areas without considering how the development would impact on the heritage significance of the heritage item or the conservation area. A Statements of Heritage Impact would demonstrate to the Council that the heritage significance of a Heritage Item or conservation areas has been considered, and for the Council to assess the findings & recommendations of the Statements of Heritage Impact report.

A Statements of Heritage Impact generally includes the following:

  • A description of the item, site and immediate streetscape and building group (where the item is part of a building group or conservation area).
  • Photographs of the item including existing buildings, mature vegetation and major landscape elements and the local streetscape.
  • A summary of the historical development of the place.
  • Detailed statement of significance for heritage items, based on the physical description and historical summary.  
  • Assessment of the item’s contribution to the significance of the heritage conservation area.
  • A detailed description of the proposed development.
  • Analysis of the positive and negative impacts of the works on the significance of the heritage item, and the positive and negative impacts of the proposed work on the setting and local streetscape and on the significance of the heritage conservation area.
  • Consideration of any alternative solutions and the reasons that they were discounted.
  • A Statement of Significance and Heritage Recommendations.

A Heritage report will always be based on a Statement of Significance for the place, which is usually identified from a State Heritage Register, a Local Heritage Inventory entry, or a Conservation Management Plan or Strategy (CMP or CMS). If none of these sources exist, a significance statement may need to be prepared. 

Every development and heritage site will have its own unique heritage issues that will need to be considered. The NSW Heritage Office has guidelines for many issues that will need to be addressed in the Statements of Heritage Impact. Our heritage consultant is familiar with these requirements and appropriate sources of information, and will be able to provide specialist heritage advice to meet your development needs. Contact our heritage consultant for FREE heritage advice.


Latest News

11 May 2015

The New South Wales Land & Environment Court has fined developer Bill Gertos a quarter of a million dollars for the illegal demolition of a heritage row of heritage shopfronts on Parramatta Road next to the Annandale Hotel in Sydney's inner west. Mr Gertos faced a maximum fine of $1.1 million. The redevelopment of the heritage site was approved by Leichhardt Council on the condition its facade was preserved.

Two modification applications to amend the development consent to allow removal of the facade was submitted before the illegal demolition. None of the heritage bricks or other materials were retained or catalogued, making it impossible to restore the building. As a result of the illegal demolition, Leichhardt Council has revoked the development consent.


19 November 2014

One of Australia’s most important heritage conservation areas, Millers Point, will be given further protection under proposed changes to the City of Sydney’s Local Environment Plan (LEP) which will provide further protection to the Millers Point Heritage Conservation Area. Millers Point was developed between the 1810s and 1930s, and its character has been well-preserved with buildings having a high level of original building fabric, form and architectural detailing. The State Heritage Register gives the area national and state heritage-significance.


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