STIRLING councillors are remaining steadfast in their refusal to let an owner knock down a heritage protected property at 26 Holmfirth Street, Menora.
The house is located within the Menora heritage protection area, where houses built before 1960 are protected unless their heritage fabric is so compromised they no longer represent an architectural style.
Unfortunately for owners Monica and Michael Perrone records from Landgate go back to 1959.
The council initially rejected the demolition application in March, and the Perrones appealed to the state administrative tribunal which ordered mediation and told each party to prepare a heritage assessment.
Both assessments saw little worth keeping, with the city’s consultant TPG Town Planning saying; “the dwelling is not a good or even typical example of the style” prevalent in the area.
“It is considered that the demolition of the subject place will not have a detrimental impact on the character of the heritage protection area,” TPG’s report said.
In light of that Stirling staff recommended demolition but a majority of councillors who sit on the planning committee were not to be budged.
“The refusal is still valid,” they included in an explanatory note to their decision.
“The proposed development is contrary to… the city’s character retention guidelines” for that special control area.
by DAVID BELL