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In Chatswood NSW on “Subdivision of one lot into...” at 9 Centennial Avenue Chatswood NSW 2067.:

David Grover commented

Re: DA-2019/317
9 Centennial Av Chatswood

The National Trust listed the building on their register in April 2019.

Willoughby Council has submitted a request for the heritage listing of this building.

This Heritage property was seriously damaged by an attempt at illegal demolition. No construction should be permitted until the heritage property and its surrounding garden is fully restored to its state prior to illegal demolition. There is considerable risk to the heritage values and integrity of the building and damage must be fully remediated before any consideration is given to subdivision of the lot.

Some repairs have been commenced but these are incomplete. The demolished main chimney, the guttering and tiles have recently been replaced but their downpipes have not been connected. Significant internal fittings which were illegally removed have not been replaced, window frames have not yet been restored and the grounds and gardens remain in a state of disrepair.

It is expected Council will first enforce the restoration following the unauthorised demolition prior to any approval of this DA.

9 Centennial's curtilage, both its grounds and gardens, are a vital component of the building's integrity and significance in its location in its elevated position at the top of Centennial Av, overlooking the West Chatswood Valley. Its location is integral to its original design.

Any consideration given to subdividing the lot and constructing a dual occupancy building must take into account this heritage building and the integrity of its curtilage by imposing strict conditions upon any such construction.

These conditions should include, but not be limited to, its architectural design, proximity to the heritage building and size of the proposed strucure(s).

Any proposal should also be subject to external professional advice from architectural and heritage experts.

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