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In East Launceston TAS on “Residential - Demolish...” at 14-16 St Georges Square East Launceston TAS 7250:

Wendy Roberts commented

Re DA0115/2019: The proposed removal of the 1870s brick perimeter wall associated with the heritage listed property, ‘Torkington’ (formerly ‘Fair View’) would significantly reduce both the heritage value and the character of the St. George’s Square/High Street precinct. The current run of wall in front of 14-16 St. George’s Square, and sections in front of lots 18 and 20 together contribute significantly to the streetscape, providing an insight into the original character of the large properties surrounding the Square and adding to the heritage values and visual amenity of this precinct. The loss of the run of wall along lots 14-16 would leave only short isolated sections, removing all context and sense of scale of the original properties (a factor exacerbated by the proposed design choices for boundaries of the two lots – a solid masonry wall for lot 14 and a wrought iron railing fence for lot 16.)

This area is highly visible from a very popular public space, and its streetscape is described as ‘the most significant feature of this precinct’ in the heritage survey for Launceston National Estate Conservation Study prepared by the City Architect and the Planners Department of the Launceston City Council in 1977. I urge the council to protect this wall – rather than allow this historic precinct to die the death of a thousand cuts.

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