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  1. In Pymble NSW on “Demolish existing...” at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW:

    Kristine Ancher commented

    Sydney Ancher's work is currently under threat within NSW and ACT and its importance is not fully understood.
    Working as a post war architect Sydney Ancher inspired by the modernist movement in Europe brought new design ideas to Australia and developed the early beginnings of modern Australia Architecture.
    He was just one of a few dedicated modernists and proud Australians who attempted to design with an Australian style. His buildings are an historic legacy that should not only appear in print but in reality so that students of Architecture can fully understand our built heritage.
    He was very influential guiding younger Architects who moved through or joined his Sydney practice 'Ancher, Mortlock, Murray and Woolley.
    Council don't destroy your built modernist heritage for future generations.
    (I am Sydney Ancher's daughter in law.)

  2. In Pymble NSW on “Demolish existing...” at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW:

    Simon Ancher commented

    For all the reasons clearly and eloquently explained above, please do not allow the demolition of this property. A longer term vision must be applied.

  3. In Pymble NSW on “Demolish existing...” at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW:

    Margaret Summers commented

    Please do not allow this house to be demolished.

  4. In Pymble NSW on “Demolish existing...” at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW:

    John Ancher commented

    I should initially declare my hand. I am Sydney Ancher's son, also an architect, and a former lecturer in Architectural History and Theory in the University of Tasmania's School of Architecture. It is from the latter perspective that I present the case against demolition of this house at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble.

    The argument has been made by many here in their responses to Council that Sydney Ancher was a highly significant post WW2 Australian architect. Some have compared the importance of his influence to Harry Seidler and during the 1950s until his retirement in the late 1960s that is an accurate assessment of Ancher's status in the architectural profession (supported by the famous architectural commentator Robin Boyd in his book 'Australian Ugliness'). His reputation as an influential Australian modernist architect extended nationwide.

    I draw your attention to the 1947 court case involving Ancher's Curl Curl Farley House, Farley v Warringah Council. The Council argued that the house's flat roof and low bunker-like form was reminiscent of a gun emplacement and that on aesthetic grounds its design should be rejected. Expert witnesses for the client spoke of architectural modernism known as 'the International Style', how the Ancher building referred to this way of designing current in Europe and America, but as an Australian interpretation. The court found in favour of the client. This landmark case had the effect of peeling the scales from the eyes of conservative local government authorities throughout Australia. The flat roof was officially declared a viable design option from that point on.

    I am not suggesting that 64 Merrivale Road is a house of landmark significance in the manner of the Farley House. However it is one of the remaining North Shore houses designed by Sydney Ancher. Several have been demolished including a master work in Killeton Avenue, St Ives built for the English Family around 1950. The famous cluster of four Ancher houses in Maytone Avenue, Killara, including a Sulman Award winning design, is still in tact. In the future, it is not difficult to imagine that students of architecture and interested members of the community alike might visit Maytone Avenue to inspect that nest of surviving Ancher houses. Such groups should then have the chance to go on to other surviving houses by the same architect nearby because there are still a few left between Turramurra and Lindfield including the house in question at 64 Merriville Road, Pymble.

    I ask that the aldermen of Ku-ring-gai Council consider the application to demolish this Ancher house from a cultural perspective so that short term economic gain is not the determining issue. The building should be saved and in the hands of the right owners, conserved. Council can't contrive fairytale solutions but it can give direction and support to interested parties prepared to take on heritage challenges of this type. It is well known in architectural circles that the house at 64 Merrivale Road is in the awkward period of preservation awareness, hardly functional by today's standards and in need of extensive renovation but not quite old enough to exert its right for survival as an historical icon.

    The bottom line: the Ku-ring-gai Municipality will undoubtedly benefit in the long term if 64 Merrivalle Road is not demolished.

  5. In Epping NSW on “Section 96 (1a) -...” at 50 Cliff Road Epping NSW 2121, NSW:

    Rod commented

    Agree Vanessa! Well said.

  6. In Pymble NSW on “Demolish existing...” at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW:

    Bec moss commented

    Please do not allow the demolition of this house. We are sadly loosing too many beautifully architecturally designed house that are replaced with concrete soulless boxes.

  7. In Miranda NSW on “Two (2) residential flat...” at 660-664 Kingsway & 2-22 University Road, Miranda:

    HotAshes 4 Trees commented

    Absolute greed and never
    happy with the original passed application,,yet again another high rise sellout abomination
    fed to the Shire under the guise of progress,,this is in part the result of a mayor that would integrate the Shire with St George with one council ,,,be prepared for 270 units on site,on appeal ,the fat cats developer pretending its great news for the locals,,,14 family traditional homes for 200+ boxes ,,modern living,,terrific,
    let us see what happens with the local infrastructure again under load,,200+ units access via the tiny University Rd,,a joke,,,,,despite what
    people say there will be 2 + cars per new unit approval regardless,,Thank you Shire Council for the boarding houses,
    townhouses and streets full coming to the traditional area near you with
    all day/weekend tradies noise on this site, hammering, sawing, excavators , trucks, dirt,
    asbestos and dust all on top of the schools throughout months and months of all day all week construction. ,,, The Shire slowly ruined,,, let’s
    see who’s really buying up the market,,,, time will tell,,,,,,,,

  8. In Pymble NSW on “Demolish existing...” at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW:

    Bridget kennedy commented

    This is an important and significant house with significant cultural value. Has Council actually made investigations and delivered its assessment as to this property's cultural and heritage value to the built environment? This property should not be demolished.

  9. In Pymble NSW on “Demolish existing...” at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW:

    Helen Parker commented

    This is an important and significant house that should not be demolished. Please have the foresight to stop the demolition and give someone the opportunity to embrace it, rescue it and sympathetically restore it - and watch it become a warm and inviting home - not some cookie cutter project. We don't need more new homes when we have perfectly usable ones still standing.

  10. In Pymble NSW on “Demolish existing...” at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW:

    Nicholas Loder commented

    Dear Ku-ring-gai Council Heritage Planners

    From your own website regarding Heritage Items I quote:

    "Heritage consists of those places and objects, including houses, public and commercial buildings, parks and monuments, that we as a community have inherited from the past and want to hand on to future generations. Our heritage gives us a sense of living history and provides a physical link to the work and way of life of earlier generations. It enriches our lives and helps us to understand who we are today.
    In a planning context, heritage refers to things in our built and natural environment that we want to conserve for future generations to enjoy."

    I would like to add my concerns as to this application, and would seek answers to the following questions:

    Does Council's Heritage Planners seriously consider this Sydney Ancher designed property as not meeting any of the above criteria for the local community?
    Has Council's Heritage Planners been satisfied that the corpus of Sydney Ancher's work has been sufficiently documented, and this fine post war austerity dwelling is of such insignificance that permission to demolish it is of no importance?
    Has in fact Council actually made investigations and delivered its assessment as to this property's cultural and heritage value to the built environment?
    Will Ku-ring-gai Council's Heritage Planners be able to replicate the fine work of Penrith City Council, which retained their Ancher property for the benefit of the local and wider community?

    Until Council can answer these to the satisfaction of the heritage community, an IHO must be placed on the property at 64 Merivale Road Pymble and demolition not approved.

  11. In Preston VIC on “A medium density housing...” at 15 Clifton Grove Preston VIC 3072:

    Joan Stewart (McGinty) commented

    Why isn't this property heritage listed? It is 100 years old. My father was born there, as was his older sister and a brother as well.
    I have many photos of my Father's family home, going back to when Dad was a baby ,88 years ago.
    Dad is still with us and would be absolutely devastated to learn that it was going to be knocked down.
    Dad's family were prominent in the area and very involved in the Sacred Heart Parish just down the road.
    There are many period features in the home, including pressed metal ceilings and stained glass windows. I think there is still an original pull-chain toilet around the back of the house.
    The original coach house is still in the back yard, but in poor condition. It was accessed via the back lane.
    The house should be restored, not knocked down.

  12. In Miranda NSW on “Two (2) residential flat...” at 660-664 Kingsway & 2-22 University Road, Miranda:

    Robyn commented

    Some suburbs in the Sutherland Shire, such as Miranda and Kirrawee, are fast becoming the new "Rockdale" and "Hurstville" - in a word, ugly. Towering buildings blocking out sunshine and spewing out hundreds more cars onto our already congested streets. With that will come the inevitable social dysfunction and more crime. Please put a stop to the destruction of our way of life by greedy developers. Do any of the decision makers at Council actually live in or near any of these suburbs?

  13. In Epping NSW on “Section 96 (1a) -...” at 50 Cliff Road Epping NSW 2121, NSW:

    Vanessa commented

    Epping will survive just fine, like all other areas of Sydney undergoing high density transformations. I suggest those complaining about slums, overcrowding etc go visit China or India before making such ridiculous comments about the developments in Epping.

    The developments will be fine as long as schools can cope with the increase. These developments are popular because of their proximity to good public schools (Epping West Public, Cheltenham Girls).

  14. In Pymble NSW on “Demolish existing...” at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW:

    Paul Wrigley commented

    This building should not be demolished. It is architecturally and historically important.

  15. In Miranda NSW on “Two (2) residential flat...” at 660-664 Kingsway & 2-22 University Road, Miranda:

    Megan commented

    I do not think this application should be approved. I believe it is too big for the area. They have not provided enough parking for the amount of units to be built. It is hard enough to get parking anywhere near the Westfields as it is with the paid parking and this will only add to the congestion.

    I also do not support the building of such a large development right next to a primary school. Never mind a primary school that caters for children with specials needs.

    There is too much development going on in Miranda and this sort of development is too large for the area.

  16. In Tempe NSW on “Bunnings Tempe” at 750 Princes Highway, Tempe:

    Jacinta O'Brien commented

    How many Bunnings stores does this area need? Mascot and Alexandria aren't far away.

    Also traffic around Tempe and Sydenham has increased immensely since IKEA arrived. The flow of traffic is at a crawl with my street Park Road, heavily congested by people avoiding the lights at railway road.

    This is sheer madness.

  17. In Swan Bay TAS on “Residential - single...” at 920 Windermere Road Swan Bay TAS 7252:

    Dr Pullen commented

    I know it is too late for this planning application. But the council needs to seriously relook at the Swan Bay development. Given the rapid deforestation of the new estate increasing amounts of water run-off is entering Little Salty Creek which runs down the hill and along Meika Court before entering the Tamar River.
    As a resident of Meika Court we have noticed the increased run-off in our portion of Little Salty Creek –yet the Council and developer seem reluctant to put into place diversion measures and rectification of downstream (downhill) properties affected by the increased water run-off.
    Furthermore little thought has been given into improving Windermere Road besides the recent removal of on-the-verge vegetation. The road surface around the new development is rapidly deteriorating due the depth of the current bitumen surface and increasing traffic flow. Indeed it has taken many residents more than a year to get the Council and The Department of State Growth to reduce the speed on this road-yet it appears that some still can’t abide by the new speed restrictions putting the rest of our community at risk!
    I’m not against development but your development should NOT affect my quality of life. You just have to look at one of the current homes being developed in the estate which is diverting their “home-made dam” overflow directly into the gutter on Windermere Road which is causing an increase volume of water running down the road and leading to degradation of the bitumen further down the hill.

  18. In Pymble NSW on “Demolish existing...” at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW:

    Gorgosity Kate commented

    Disgraceful. Architectural history being sacrificed for the almighty dollar. Replaced by another ugly and poorly thought out building. Who cares? Council to cash in on bonus additional rate payers.

  19. In Pymble NSW on “Demolish existing...” at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW:

    Frey commented

    Please do not demolish this house.

  20. In Pymble NSW on “Demolish existing...” at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW:

    Deborah Price commented

    Dear Council

    Please take the time to consider the importance of this house. It is a significant example of Australian modernism. Sydney Archer's architecture is compared to that of Frank Lloyd Wright. No one would consider demolishing one of his buildings!

    Unfortunately, due to the lack of vision of developers and the wider community, we will have very little left. Make a difference, say no. Preserve our history for future generations to enjoy. Make a courageous decision like other councils have to preserve the integrity of the area.

  21. In Pymble NSW on “Demolish existing...” at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW:

    Julie Carrick commented

    Please save this significant house

  22. In Waterloo NSW on “Wholefoods House Pty...” at 3 9-15 Danks Street, Waterloo 2017:

    P Hunter commented

    There are more than enough places to purchase alcohol in this area.
    Alcohol is a great cause of hardship, hospital visits, violence etc in Australia today without adding to the problem by allowing more places where it can be purchased.
    Alcohol should be taxed the same way that cigarettes are..
    Alcohol advertising on supermarket brochures teaching children that when you do your grocery shopping, purchasing alcohol is a normal activity. This is very wrong..

  23. In Pymble NSW on “Demolish existing...” at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW:

    Dr Billy Gruner commented

    Dear Councilors, officers and developers
    Please receive my objection to the demolition of this very important dwelling and associated buildings and grounds.
    My name is Dr Billy Gruner and I work in the area of Architectural history and preservation. It is my considered opinion that the demolition of any Sydney Anchor building is a major breach of a range of cultural conventions, morays and flies in the face of the current upsurge in sensible preservation of the existing fabric of homes of architectural merit in Australia. They are worth far more as they are going forward than some dreadful development.
    In recent times there has been a significant upsurge in the demolition of significant mid century properties by developers looking for prime land close to Sydney cbd. The target buyer of the developers commonly is foreign investors looking to sink large amounts of untraceable funds, this is occurring because the law states they can only buy into new build.
    Irrespective of that scourge, the wanton destruction of a building by Sydney Anchor one of Australia's most important architects by ant council and developer literally beggars belief.
    The AIA of architects can supply your heritage officer with any and all information about Anchor, and his tantamount place in story of Australian cultural life. The building itself is listed with them, as it should. Please note, recently the National Trust and Heritage Council awarded the first prize to the restoration of another home designed by well know north shore architect Nino Sydney, that was for the restoration and preservation of the existing building, that building is now a treasure of the community, the country and internationally. Another of his was however just knocked down by a foreign investor in Carlingford, shameful.
    I feel its high time councils took advise from those who can best inform them of which domestic sites from the mid century stock in particular really matter and begin seriously fighting to protect them from callous disrespectful development for financial gain at best.
    The Nino Sydney 'Beachcomber House' award actually gives heritage officers official precedence to argue in the courts. It is now time to stop such idiotic developments granted at the expense of our dwindling cultural gems.
    In brief to knock down a Sydney Anchor is like demolishing a Frank Lloyd Wright, please note I intend to spread this as far and wide through social media. This will undoubtedly prove to be a test case if it is allowed to go ahead through local planning and should be stopped immediately.

  24. In Pymble NSW on “Demolish existing...” at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW:

    Ebony Secombe commented

    This is the work of one of Australia's most significant 20th Century Architects who was one of the pioneers of Modernism in this country. The work of Syd Ancher, like Harry Seidler should be viewed in the same way that we view the iconic artists of the period.

    Hope you don't mind me borrowing your comment Tim Ross!

  25. In Swan Bay TAS on “Residential - single...” at 920 Windermere Road Swan Bay TAS 7252:

    Alison Jamieson commented

    We are concerned about where the storm water for the property will go.We live at 916 Windermere rd and have a storm water drain at our back fence. Every time there is a heavy down pour we get excessive water and it has flodded our shed in the past, as it seems other properties are tapped into this. It does not have sufficient trenches and to add another property to this will flood our property on a regular basis. The whole area needs to be upgraded, as a lot of newer properties are being built on the flat and get all the run off from the properites on the hill.
    Please let us know the outcome. I know we are late with this comment, but just thought of it now.

  26. In Pymble NSW on “Demolish existing...” at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW:

    Tim Ross commented

    This is the work of one of Australia's most significant 20th Century Architects who was one of the pioneers of Modernism in this country. The work of Syd Ancher, like Harry Seidler should be viewed in the same way that we view the iconic artists of the period.

  27. In Pymble NSW on “Demolish existing...” at 64 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW:

    Steve Thompson commented

    This house should not be demolished. The house should be conserved because of its architectural and heritage significance. It is significant because of its modular modernist design by architect Sydney Ancher and is a rare and important example of post WW2 Sydney suburban modernism.

  28. In Leichhardt NSW on “Construction of a double...” at 1 Hawthorne Street Leichhardt NSW 2040:

    Karen Eldridge commented

    We wish to have some awareness of the bulk and scale of the building that a Certifier has approved for development on 1 Hawthorne Street, Leichhardt.
    How may we access the plans ?

  29. In Leichhardt NSW on “Construction of a double...” at 13 Hawthorne Street Leichhardt NSW 2040:

    Karen Eldridge commented

    We, who live at 13 Hawthorne Street Leichhardt, strongly object to the advertisement that our house is being re-constructed.

    This is incorrect, and the advertisement probably refers to the propery adjacent to us, 11 Hawthorne Street, Leichhardt.

    Karen Eldridge and Margaret Davies.

  30. In Glen Iris VIC on “Amendment to approved...” at 1663-1665 Malvern Road, Glen Iris, VIC:

    Julie Smith commented

    No dispensation to car parking should be allowed as already little car parking is available in area.
    More than 10 units on this sized block is far too many and not in keeping with existing residences.

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