Statement from Bayside City Council Mayor Cr Laurence Evans OAM
“I’m bitterly disappointed to report that we’ve been unsuccessful in our efforts to protect the properties at 28-34 Service Street, Hampton.
The dwellings at 32 and 34 Service Street have unfortunately already been demolished as there are no controls in place and our independent heritage expert has confirmed that 28 and 30 Service Street do not meet the threshold for individual inclusion in the Heritage Overlay. Council no longer has the justification to move forward with the Planning Scheme Amendment C177bays.
We requested Interim Controls twice from The Minister for Planning however The Minister called on us to do the work to correct the historic gaps in in our heritage study to better protect significant buildings and places that contribute to our municipality’s prized neighbourhood character.
We’re heeding his advice and recognise there is much work to be done. We are focused on actioning our Bayside Heritage Action Plan as quickly as possible to avoid losing other heritage homes in the future.
The Heritage Action Plan will ensure that potentially significant properties are identified and the appropriate process is undertaken while guaranteeing Council is fulfilling its statutory obligations in relation to the identification and protection of significant buildings and places.”