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

Paul Osborne commented

This development application, and in particular the proposal to demolish a very substantial amount of 150 yr old brick wall, is in my opinion, page 1- step 1 from the profit-above-all developer handbook. Buy a property with recognised heritage/character value that is obviously in need of maintenance or repair and then apply to knock it down. Alternatively, sit back and wait till it falls over then build what you want anyway.
If the council allows this sort of development scenario to proceed, then it will be open slather for unscrupulous developers. The built heritage that brings tourists to Launceston and the resultant long term economic benefits to the entire community, will be gone forever.
In addition, I find it hard to believe that any architect of note wouldn’t want to incorporate a wall with that amount of character into a new design. Admittedly the wall needs repair, but it is a straightforward process, carried out on vastly more substantial structures worldwide on a daily basis. I believe the photos and data contained in the DA, illustrating how much the wall is out of plumb, are cynical in the extreme.
Again, the council needs to draw a line in the sand or this type of development will flourish, to the detriment of all but the few who seek to profit from it in the short term.

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