30 Muttama Road Artarmon NSW 2064.

Demolition of existing house and construction of new dwelling with attached garage

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 27 days ago. It was received by them 1 day earlier.

(Source: Willoughby City Council, reference DA-2019/105)

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  1. John R commented

    Given the site of this property in the Artarmon Heritage Conservation Area, any new construction must be of a style that blends in and compliments the surrounding homes

  2. Brian O'Gallagher commented

    This house is a significant contributing item to the Artarmon Conservation Zone and cannot be demolished. The owners where informed of that at the time of purchase. The house can be extended at the rear, as is the case with all other homes in the area, and will provide an additional 2 floor extension to the home. The extension will add a significant amount of space to the home dramatically increasing it's value. The house is in reasonable condition for its age (we inspected it at the time) , and certainly able to be repaired, and it's purchase price reflected the requirement to put a significant amount into it to recover it's period features.

    There is no reason to request this house be knocked down and council should refuse the request.

  3. Jeffrey Smith commented

    As a part of the Artarmon Conservation Zone and being architecturally consistent with the area the application to demolish should not be approved. The house should be repaired and sympathetically extended, retaining its original period features.

  4. Emily Harrison commented

    This house is an important part of the Artarmon Conservation Zone being an original building in the typical style of the area. It should not be demolished. Please uphold the parameters of the conservation area and protect this building. Most original buildings in the conservation zone require some degree of repair and or restoration. It is not onerous to request that owners undertake some restoration. Demolition of this home would create a destructive precedent for the area.

  5. Paul Biddle commented

    This house is a part of the Artarmon Conservation Zone and given it is architecturally consistent with the wider area the application to demolish it should not be approved. The nature of the zone is to protect a collective suburb of houses that share the same age, look and period features both inside and out. The buyers of the house would have been aware that the Zone existed and that any future renovation work would be required to meet the heritage guidelines.

    As a resident that has extensively renovated their house (DA 2011/206) I am amazed that the council would even consider this application. We were required to ensure that all significant features of the house were maintained and restored and any new addition was to be completed within the envelope of the old building and not be visible from the front of the house.

    To consider a full knockdown and rebuild is beyond staggering. I'm hoping that the Willoughby Council heritage Architect Elizabeth Fink will cast this application aside due to the following issues;
    1. Non-compliance with Clause 18 of Willoughby Local Environmental Plan 1995(WLEP 1995).
    2. Non-compliance with Willoughby LEP 2011 (DWLEP 2011).
    3. Non-compliance with Willoughby Development Control Plan (WDCP) - Part H – Heritage and Conservation

  6. Fiona Maggs commented

    The Artarmon Conservation Zone is clear that houses cannot be demolished and the buyers should have been fully aware of this at the time.

    Approval of demolishing 30 Muttama Road will set a precedent of knock downs and rebuilds. This will change the character of the suburb, which the zoning rule were designed to protect. This zoning is a strong reason why residents have invested in this area. We have all renovated our properties based on these guidelines.

    The council has the responsibility to uphold the zoning rules.

  7. Alan Carruthers commented

    When my wife and I moved to Stewart Street in 1988, our house was in similar distress. We loved it, though and through 3 renovations over about 15 years, we restored, enlarged and improved it all in the heritage style suitable for our area, the Artarmon Conservation Zone..
    This house is an important part of the Artarmon Conservation Zone.
    Should this development be allowed, it is the thin end of the wedge, and more owners will come along and try to do the same.
    These heritage areas are so important, because they preserve what we have as established and historical residential precincts, and we have very little left to preserve in Sydney, with more and more being bulldozed everywhere.
    The house may need work but it is easily fixable and that should be the solution, not a poorly-built new house that will downgrade the area.

  8. Alice Fong commented

    We have been residents of Artarmon since 1994 and have diligently complied & followed restoration guidelines in accordance with The Artarmon Conservation zone when we extended and renovated our home.

    We had to accept our home could never realise its full potential in terms of size and height BUT we were mindful of whatever we proposed we needed to conform to the “heritage zoning” rules at the time of purchase.

    A full knock down or significantly altered the heritage appearance of this existing home in Muttama Street will be a complete LET DOWN to the Artarmon community.

    We trust Council will uphold the zoning rules and protect our community.

  9. Tim and Lynne Kelly commented

    This house at 30 Muttama Road sits within the Artarmon Conservation Zone and conforms to the period style of the area so permission to demolish it should be refused.
    It was clearly marketed as being within this conservation zone and so could not be demolished.
    As residents we have been required by council to ensure that our houses retain their original features and any additions and variations made should not be visible from the street.
    These requirements should not be changed now at risk of destroying the very nature and uniqueness of the area.

  10. On Toa Ma commented

    This house is in a conservation area it should be respected and significant changes to the character of the area would occur if allowed to go ahead

  11. Michael Lee commented

    Although this house is in poor condition, its character is well preserved and a sympathetic restoration combined with new construction could achieve an excellent outcome for both the owners and the community with full respect for the spirit of the Conservation Zone in which it is located. I oppose demolition.

  12. Kyle R commented

    This house is inside the Heritage area, and was listed and purchased such:
    https://legislation.nsw.gov.au/maps/f504c180-0c03-4107-d4d6-c6227de94371/8250_COM_HER_004_010_20121112.pdf

    I'm a near neighbour who has been in the house numerous times, and can confirm it is a true Federation style house through and through.

    It should be restored in keeping with the conservation area guidelines. Many of the bigger blocks in this area support keeping the Federation front of the house, and putting a modern addition on the back. However, this house is a corner block and at least two frontages are visible. Plus the downhill side is exposed to view from Muttama Rd due to the sloping block.

    I strongly oppose the demolition of this house. It is significantly old, true to its original style, and was purchased at a price that allowed budget room for repair and renovation.

    Thanks.

  13. Robin Roach commented

    30 Muttama Rd is in the Artarmon Conservation Zone and this must have been known to the recent purchasers of the property.
    At the time of my inspection this house, while in poor condition, appeared repairable. This house has many period features consistent with properties of this era. Council should only give approval for this house to be repaired, sympathetically extended while retaining its original period features.
    Approval of the demolition of the existing property will set a dangerous precedent of knockdowns and rebuilds that could forever change the character of this highly desirable part of Artarmon. The only circumstances I can envisage in which Council should give such an application serious consideration is if the applicant could demonstrate that the house generally has serious structural issues (e.g. leaning walls in risk of collapse) or the character of the house and time of build was wholly inconsistent with the general character of other properties in this conservation zone. In those circumstances only, a new construction might be approved if of a style that blends in and compliments the surrounding homes.

  14. Andrew and Janette Conway commented

    As residents of over 50-years we object to approval being given to total replacement of the dwelling at 30 Muttama Road. The Artarmon Conservation Zone is clear that houses cannot be demolished and we understand the buyers were made aware of this requirement. Many homes have been sensitively renovated, including our own, and 30 Muttama should be renovated and extended in the spirit of the zoning within the Artarmon Conservation area, thus maintaining the Artarmon streetscape.

  15. Ben Richard commented

    The house at 30 Muttama Road sits within the Artarmon Conservation Zone and conforms to the period style of the area so permission to demolish it should be refused. We understand that at the time of sale it was made clear that the home was in the Artarmon Conservation Zone and could not be knocked down.

    Our local resident family seek to reject the demolition of this significant contributing item to the Artarmon Conservation Zone. Consistent with the zoning the owner still has latitude to renovate the rear and restore the front.

  16. Jan Taylor commented

    I have been an Artarmon resident since 1995 and complied with heritage guidelines when we renovated our home in 2007.

    I object to the proposed demolition of this original Federation house located within the Artarmon Conservation Zone. The house is able to be repaired therefore I support a sympathetic restoration in keeping with the heritage character of the Zone.

    I request that Council uphold the zoning rules and reject this application.

  17. Danielle Hawker commented

    I am dismayed at this proposal to demolish 30 Muttama Rd, Artarmon and strongly object. The development proposed to replace the original dwelling is also in conflict with the development standards of the Artarmon Conservation Zone to which all other residents have been able to work within.

    Specifically, the demolition justification cites an Engineering report that is not provided online but indirectly indicates that the repair of bowing and cracking walls would be too costly. I would request that Council and the Planning panel seek their own Engineering advice as to rectifying the damage which is largely confined to the southern side of the building. My own experience of rectifying similar damage both in Artarmon and Marrickville would lead me to believe the cost is much less than inferred and does not justify the demolition and replacement of an entire building that is a contributing item in the Conservation area.

    Further, it should be noted that the reference in the application to acid clay soils and surface cracking as a justification for demolition should be discounted as it would create a precedent that would see the entire Artarmon Conservation Zone decimated. Acid Clay soils are the prevailing soil type in the area and thus most, if not all homes suffer from similar surface cracking.

    There are many nearby areas outside the conservation zone where buildings can and are demolished. The Artarmon Conservation Zone is unique because of its intactness and thus needs to be protected. I strongly urge Council and the Planning Panel to defend the integrity of the Artarmon Conservation Zone and reject this application to demolish 30 Muttama Rd.

  18. Maggie and Christopher Bolton commented

    Maggie and Christopher Bolton
    We came to Artarmon in 1969 and have been faced with strict council requirements over 2 major renovations and have complied with all these requirements right down to the colours of external paints as well as maintaing the covenant that does not allow the original pitch of the house to be raised. We are apalled at the leniency allowed to certain buyers and are saddened by what seems to be current apparent lack of interest and obvious disregard in maintaining the suburb's heritage - are there rules for the goose and others for the ganders? We love our home, our area and our suburb and through renovations over about 50 years, we restored, enlarged and improved it all in keeping with the heritage style suitable for the Artarmon Conservation Zone. This house in Muttama Road is an important part of the Artarmon Conservation Zone.
    Should this development be allowed, it is the thin end of the wedge, and more owners will come along and try to do the same.
    These heritage areas are so important, because they preserve what we have as established as historical residential precincts, and we have very little left to preserve in Sydney, with more and more being bulldozed everywhere.
    The house may need work but it is easily fixable and that should be the solution, not a poorly-built new house that will downgrade the area. We strongly reccommend Council and the Planning Panel to defend the integrity of the Artarmon Conservation Zone and reject such applications to demolish 30 Muttama Rd and the owners should be required to make good and build in keeping with the area and the associatedregulations.

  19. Charmaine commented

    Given the site of this property in the Artarmon Heritage Conservation Area, any new construction must be of a style that blends in and compliments the surrounding homes. I strongly urge the Council and the Planning Panel to defend the integrity of the Artarmon Conservation Zone and reject this application to demolish 30 Muttama Rd.

  20. Michael Dawes commented

    I oppose the demolition of the the house at 30 Muttama Rd at it has significant heritage value and any development on this site should comply with the requirements of the Artarmon Conservation Area.

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