Reforms to protect Ryde’s heritage now on public exhibition


Community consultation has now commenced on wide -ranging planning reforms designed to provide
stronger protections for items and areas of heritage significance across the City of Ryde.

The reforms are proposed by Council in direct response to concerns raised by the community and
detailed in the Community Strategic Plan for more to be done to protect the City of Ryde’s heritage
and character.

In addition, the proposed controls are designed to provide greater certainty to propert y owners and
prospective buyers.

Under the reforms, 44 new heritage items will be created in the City of Ryde. This includes;

Thirty properties including comprising Federation cottages, Inter -war bungalows and Victorian
Georgian villas
Seven public parks and a reservoir
Three street tree boulevards
Two shops
One licensed hotel
One public school

Six new heritage conservation areas will also be created, while the former Squire’s Brewery and
Halverson’s Boat Yard in Putney and the Glades Bay Baths in Gladesville will also be listed as
archaeological sites.

The reforms are based on the findi ngs of a comprehensive heritage review c ommissioned by the City
of Ryde.

Heritage items are provided with protections guarding them from inappropriate development as new
works are required to be sympathetic to the character and style of the heritage item and/or the
heritage conservation area.

City of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Laxale, encouraged all residents to take part in the community

“Heritage items, whether they are homes, shops, schools, parks or even entire streets, enrich our City
and contribute to the community’s sense of place,” Clr Laxale said.

“We know through our engagement with the community that heritage is of vital importance to the
majority of residents many of whom have expressed concerns about the recent increase in
deve lopment proposals that involved the demolition of buildings with heritage value.

“Conversely, there have also been concerns raised that property owners have no certa inty under
current planning controls.

“The proposed planning reforms address these concerns and that is why it is so important that
everyone takes part in the consultation that has just commenced.”

As part of the consultation, the City of Ryde will be conducting six drop -in sessions as well as an
information ses sion on the reforms.

Written submissions can also be made.

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