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In Marrickville NSW on “To demolish buildings 2, 3...” at 313-319 Marrickville Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

Scott MacArthur commented

Dear Sir
The Marrickville Heritage Society concerned about this proposal to demolish these buildings and existing trees on the formerror MarRick illegal Hospital site. While the buildings are not of heritage value, the process Council has adopted for demolition is inappropriate and calls into question Council's motives and true intentions for this site.

The Society notes that it is poor planning practice to approve the demolition of any building without a committment from the proponent as to the repalcement development being included in the same application. Similarly, the removal of existing mature trees should only be permitted when replacement trees are documented within the same proposal. This prevents speculative demolition, and the all to common situation of a poor quality replacement being offered once the demolition is effected. The Society believes that Council must commit to the design and construction of the new Civic Centre development prior to any further demolition on the site.There are also scenarios where these buildingS and trees could be demolished, under the guise of achieving viability of the new development, and that development not proceeding. If for any reason the Civic Centre development did not proceed (Council's financial situation deteriorates or a forced Council merger makes the Civic Centre redundant), then the community has lost these buildings and trees for no return. More ominously, should Council obtain consent for the removal of all of the existing building stock on the Livingstone Road side of the site, it could be lucratively disposed of to a commercial developer, completely unencumbered by pesky buildings and heritage listings.

Finally, the Society is angered that these important applications for demolition of the buildings and trees on the site, have been released for comment during the Christmas holiday period. This is a typical tactic of any organisation trying to minimise awareness and criticism of a controversial proposal, and surely shows that Council has something to hide.

The Society calls on Council to reject this application for demolition of selected buildings and trees on the site, until such time as Council has demonstrated that they are committed to a high quality civic development on the site, that is appropriately respectfull of the heritage and landscape values on the site.

Scott MacArthur
Marrickville Heritage Society

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