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Proposed new heritage listings

Inner West Council seeks your feedback on the proposed heritage listing of properties on Macarthur Parade, Dulwich Hill.

At its meeting of 20 June 2023, Council resolved to proceed with a Planning Proposal to list five properties on Macarthur Parade, Dulwich Hill as local heritage items in the Inner West Local Environmental Plan 2022 (Inner West LEP 2022). This includes:

  • One individual heritage item: 3 Macarthur Parade, and
  • One group heritage item: 7-13 Macarthur Parade.

On 3 August 2023, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment issued a ‘Gateway Determination’ allowing the Planning Proposal to proceed to public exhibition. Council has also been authorised to make the plan following this consultation, with no further review required by the Department.

Heritage listing aims to provide ongoing protection and recognition of the heritage significance of these sites.


The Inner West has a rich cultural heritage of historical places including buildings, streetscapes, Aboriginal sites, trees, parks, and archaeology. These heritage features contribute to the Inner West’s distinctive character.

We engaged heritage specialists to carry out an independent review of residential heritage across the Inner West and provide recommendations on potential changes to heritage items and areas.

The heritage experts concluded that 7, 9, 11 and 13 Macarthur Parade Dulwich Hill should be considered for listing in the Inner West LEP 2022 as a group heritage item, and that Dulwich Hill Baptist Church, 3 Macarthur Parade, Dulwich Hill be listed as an individual heritage item.

The Planning Proposal is part of the broader Inner West Heritage Program, which is exploring different heritage themes across the Inner West.

The purpose of this Planning Proposal is to explain the intended effect of an amendment to the Inner West LEP 2022. An LEP is a legal instrument that zones land and includes standards and controls to regulate the use and nature of development and the management of land. An LEP can also address matters of heritage conservation.

The amendment to the Inner West LEP 2022 involves the listing of five properties as two local heritage items in Schedule 5 of the Inner West LEP 2022 and the associated Heritage Map. The properties of the local heritage items are listed below:

  • 3 Macarthur Parade Dulwich Hill (Lot 6 DP 7767) – Individual Listing
  • 7 Macarthur Parade Dulwich Hill (Lot 4 DP 7767) – Group Listing
  • 9 Macarthur Parade Dulwich Hill (Lot 3 DP 7767) – Group Listing
  • 11 Macarthur Parade Dulwich Hill (Lot 2 DP 7767) – Group Listing
  • 13 Macarthur Parade Dulwich Hill (Lot 1 DP 526818) – Group Listing

A detailed description of the heritage significance of each item is included in the Planning Proposal and the supporting Macarthur Parade Heritage Study and heritage inventory sheets.

Council has been authorised to use its delegation under section 3.36 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to approve the amendment to the LEP. The Department of Planning and Environment has categorised this Planning Proposal as 'basic' as described in the Local Environmental Plan Making Guidelines (Department of Planning and Environment, August 2023).

Heritage Items are places, buildings, works, relics, moveable objects and precincts (both public and private) that are recognised to have one or more significant heritage values. They are important places or objects from the past which should be conserved so they can be accessed, appreciated and enjoyed by future generations.

Heritage items can be individually listed, or group listed. When a series of items are group listed it is because their heritage significance is partially due to the collection of buildings. This is the case with the homes at 7-13 Macarthur Parade which are valuable due to their similar appearance and historical significance as part of the ‘Sefton Estate’.

Having a heritage listed property does not mean you are prohibited from making changes to your property, but it will alter the level of scrutiny/assessment required for development. This means you will need to submit a Development Application (DA) for the majority of interior and exterior works you may wish to do.

Significant demolitions and additions to a house will typically not be supported. Other proposed interior and exterior modifications will be assessed using the relevant provisions of the Inner West LEP 2022 and Development Control Plan.

Find out more about works of a minor nature, or for the maintenance of your property, you may be eligible for an exemption and not need to obtain formal consent.

As there is often more scrutiny on development on heritage listed sites, owners are encouraged to contact Council’s development advisory services when preparing to carry out works. Council offers a complimentary ‘duty planner’ enquiry line for you to have a conversation with a planning officer to discuss planning requirements.

If you are currently considering changes on your property or have any development questions please contact our Duty Planner on 02 9392 5000 Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Project stages

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Planning Proposal considered by Council – 20 June 2023

    At its meeting on 20 June 2023 Council resolved to submit the Planning Proposal to the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE).

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Gateway Determination by DPE – 3 August 2023

    DPE issued Gateway Determination allowing the proposal to proceed to formal public exhibition. Council received a Gateway Determination to proceed on 6 August 2023.

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Public exhibition

    We will exhibit the Planning Proposal – at this time the proposal becomes a statutory consideration during any development assessment.

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Post-exhibition review of submissions – We are here

    This consultation will close on 1 October 2023. All submissions received will be reviewed and a post-exhibition report will be prepared. All those who provided feedback will be notified when the report is considered by Council.

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Final decision by council

    Council will consider all submissions and decide if the proposed heritage listings will be adopted. All those who provided feedback will be notified of Council's decision.

How to have your say?

This consultation is closed. Thanks to all who provided feedback.

Other ways to provide feedback

  • Mail - write to us:

Macarthur Parade Heritage
Inner West Council
PO Box 14
Petersham NSW 2029

  • Email
  • Call us – on 02 9392 5630 or 02 9392 5864
  • Call a FREE Interpreter or the National Relay Service, Monday to Friday between 9am-4pm and provide our phone number 02 9392 5630.
    • Free Interpreter call TIS National on 131 450
    • Voice relay call 1300 555 727
    • TTY call 133 677
    • SMS relay call 0423 677 767

  • Last day to provide feedback is Sunday 1 October 2023.