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In Launceston TAS on “General Retail and Hire -...” at 80A-88 Charles Street Launceston TAS 7250:

Andrew D Alexander commented

I would like to help the proponent succeed in Launceston without causing damage, and if these plans are passed in anything like the advertised plans then I would like my name to be among the names of people who spoke out. The modern showy and glittery design in the plans is something that could be a shop front anywhere from Shanghai to Las Vegas. That may be fine in a new shopping centre, but the problem here is the stripping away of the character of a corner that is different and interesting because it was built in another time and tells a unique story. This sort of intrusion into this city, if allowed, will have a profound effect on the city's culture and attractiveness: the rebuilt shop front would say something to everyone about what we would be - a city that doesn't care about remaining beautiful by keeping its old and interesting fabric, and a society, to its shame, not strong enough to remain different from everywhere else in spite of its rich heritage, and, incidentally, to its own eventual economic loss.

There are clever and imaginative architects and designers in Tasmania who could adapt and modernise these central sites without stripping away charming details and without impositions that suggest superficiality. It is worth suggesting as a hint that working with the antique nature of the existing building would create, along with the vicinity, a happier and warmer ambience for selling jewellery to tourists and visitors than the proposal shown because of the pleasure of encountering something genuine and sympathetic. I recommend a rethink, but if all this falls on otherwise determined minds then we need to wait, because Launceston is rapidly being discovered for what it presently is, and if we preserve valuable details of our built heritage then people of taste and discernment will fill these spaces fairly soon and enrich our city in every way.

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