7 Stevenson Street Murchison VIC 3610

Retrospective application for the addition of cast iron railings and enhancement of 2 x garden urns to a existing front boundary fence in a heritage overlay

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 16 days ago. It was received by them 1 day earlier.

(Source: Greater Shepparton City Council, reference 2021-445)

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  1. Garry Newton commented

    To whom it may concern.

    As a long term resident of Murchison I would like to congratulate the owners of 7 Stevenson Street on the tremendous restoration they have done on the old bank building. What was once a derelict eyesore has once again become a fantastic asset to the Murchison township streetscape. I believe the cast iron fence and urns in no way detract from the visual appeal and heritage of this grand old building. Rather, it enhances it. I know of no one else in Murchison who thinks otherwise.
    I respectfully ask that council consider the wishes of the people of Murchison and let the owners keep the fence and urns.
    Sincerely,
    Garry Newton
    4 Rushworth Road Murchison.

  2. Debra Bower commented

    This decorative cast iron and urn enhancement is appropriate to the era and compliments the buildings bulk and form with its ornate mouldings and parapet entry. It’s authentic reclaimed and repurposed cast iron that is of a style that was in the Murchison area at the time. Whether or not there was cast iron originally on the bank fence is unknown and irrelevant as this is a 2021 interpretation of how a Victorian commercial building can be adapted to become a attractive and functional home that adds value to the township of Murchison.

    If we stop allowing the creative process of owners saving historic buildings it will stifle the natural progression of historical change. If a previous owner didn’t choose to enhance a building why should that choice be force on future owners? Should everything remain as it was in 1876? What about the roads, footpaths, lighting, vehicles, etc. Change is good! Creativity is good, recycling and repurposing materials is good, passionate people trying to save old buildings is good! Please, approve this application with a plaque to clarify the date of installation for passers by.

  3. Maria Cutcliffe commented

    Rob and Deb have made this building look amazing. The fence and urns add to the property. The council should allow them to remain, this building was a dreadful eyesore before their exceptionally hard work to transform it to its current beautiful state. There are many things in Murchison the council can spend money. Let the fence and urns stay please.

  4. Glen Thomas commented

    As a nearby property to 7 Stevenson Street, in Murchison, I'd like to convey my support to this planning application to the cast iron fencing on the boundary fence.
    The streetscape in this part of town has benefited significantly by this fencing, as has the heritage charm & appeal of this restoration.
    Looking up the street now, in either direction, this beautiful renovation looks fantastic.
    Local thoughts on the changes to the front area of the house has been extremely positive.
    In an extraordinary display of local sentiment, almost 700 people have signed a recent petition, giving their support to the fence, and it's heritage appeal. Given Murchison only has a total population of 925, this is equivalent to most of the adult population of the town.
    So, it's obvious, that almost the entire town is behind this project.

  5. Debra Bower commented

    This decorative cast iron and urn enhancement is appropriate to the era and compliments the buildings bulk and form with its ornate mouldings and parapet entry. It’s authentic reclaimed and repurposed cast iron that is of a style that was in the Murchison area at the time. Whether or not there was cast iron originally on the bank fence is unknown and irrelevant as this is a 2021 interpretation of how a Victorian commercial building can be adapted to become a attractive and functional home that adds value to the township of Murchison.

    If we stop allowing the creative process of owners saving historic buildings it will stifle the natural progression of historical change. If a previous owner didn’t choose to enhance a building why should that choice be force on future owners? Should everything remain as it was in 1876? What about the roads, footpaths, lighting, vehicles, etc. Change is good! Creativity is good, recycling and repurposing materials is good, passionate people trying to save old buildings is good! Please, approve this application with a plaque to clarify the date of installation for passers by.

  6. Racheal Pegg commented

    I have only lived in Murchison for 4 years. I’ve seen not many changes/ improvements here. But Deb and Rob have transformed their Stevenson street home into a beautiful restored building. Their old bank needed so much love , attention and restoration, they have done an amazing job. The front fence with the cast iron and the black urns just finish off the front of their home.. does it meet the heritage guidelines, or reflect back into 1876 era… maybe not BUT they have chosen a style that suits the home, kept it as true to the era as they can. Time need to change , flexibility, creativity and individual choices must be considered and all I can say is, the community love what has been achieved. We , the people of Murchison want the urns and fence to stay as is..we love the transformation of the old Murch bank!
    Please pass this application and let the urns and fence stay!

  7. Chris Pegg commented

    Without the current owners beautiful restoration of this property it would certainly of been condemned by the council sooner or later! And then what? History gone forever! Maybe council should have stepped in years ago if they were really interested in saving history but no they leave it to people like this then give them grief when they have poured thier hearts into it. Congratulations to the owners on a fabulous job that is historically fitting and benefits the area no end. The people of Murchison stand with you.

  8. Natasha Boyle commented

    Prior to Deb and Rob taking over, this building lay dormant, unused, falling into further state of disrepair and inhabitation. This couple has managed to turn around this building from what was an eye sore and an ugly exterior to become a beautiful and stunning place that is an asset to this community and streetscape. It has been so heart-warming to see the transformation of this ugly duckling into the beautiful Swan she once was and has once again become. This fence may not be allegedly in keeping with the time but it also does not detract from the building or the streetscape and nearby properties. Please allow this building application to go through. It makes sense!

  9. Melissa Hoffman commented

    This is a heritage building NOT a heritage fence as such I believe the owners have the right to choose what they prefer. I understand there needs to be rules in place to ensure that the building is not impacted by structures that may impede on the building and as this fence does not do that then surely a simlpe resolution can be found. Please let common sense prevail.

  10. Roger Miller commented

    Moved to Murchison 3 years ago and was quite disappointed at the appearance of the main street. Since then a lot of work has been completed in the area not least the fantastic effort being made on the old bank building.
    I find the use of the iron fencing and the urns presents the building in keeping with the period and am very surprised that there is any issues with the planning applications.
    Please look favourably on this application.

  11. Ann Dennis commented

    The restoration of the exterior and the renovation of the interior of 7 Stevenson St have caused the people of Murchison to breathe a huge sigh of relief. The old building is finally being looked after! Its roof is now watertight, its front stucco walls have been repaired, no cracks any more, and its been painted, to protect and give the old building a 'looked after' appearance. The fence has, over the many decades had about fifteen different forms, according to the tastes and needs of the times. The current owners have transformed the dilapidated 1950s fence into a stylish enhancement to the old bank. Using cast iron lace within their fence design links the renovation to the many other renovated and restored historic buildings in the town. To do anything other than applaud the owners sends a very negative message to others about the Heritage Program.

  12. Marion Hipperson commented

    It has been a source of great joy to see the wonderful restoration of the old bank building and the fence, not only to me, but others in the Murchison community No longer do I walk past with sadness. It was with much disappointment to find out that our Council is requiring changes to the cast iron railings and beautiful urns the owners have put in place. I respectfully ask that the Council look favourably on the railings and urns, and let us continue to enjoy what has been done.

  13. Jo Whyte commented

    As it cannot be confirmed nor denied whether ironwork was present in the bank's former life, how it adds to the restoration becomes the criteria. Ironwork is in keeping with the period. The owners have put in a great amount of love, money, time and research, to give this building back to the town, and in an authentic state. This must be recognized by the council, as indeed it is by we who do not live there, but admire their work and commitment!

  14. Rebecca Bower commented

    I have be observing (only online due to Covid) the beautiful and considered restoration of this heritage building, and I am shocked that there could be any protest to the results. The fence, as stated by others, is in keeping with other buildings in the area, and only add to attract and enhance admiration to the building itself and the excellent restoration job the current owners have done.
    I respectfully appeal to the council to reconsider their request that the fence and urns be removed.

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