Why is Council pursuing the listing of 389 Illawarra Road

    The 2015 Marrickville Local Government Area Southern Area Heritage Review recommended the heritage listing of the site. A planning proposal to list the subject site, and others, was supported by the former Marrickville Council and sent to the Department of Planning and Environment (now Department of Planning, Industry and Environment) seeking a Gateway determination to enable public exhibition. Despite a post-exhibition report recommending that the listing proceed, Council’s Administrator resolved on 26 April 2017 to remove the site from the planning proposal in response to concerns raised, and to further consider the heritage significance of the property as part of a future heritage review.

    On 23 August 2019, a development was lodged with Council to demolish existing structures and construct a 6 storey mixed use development comprising 2 retail tenancies, 55 boarding rooms and 4 dwellings at 387-389 Illawarra Road, Marrickville.

    In response to the imminent threat associated with the DA, Council undertook a preliminary heritage assessment. It concluded that it was likely to be found, on further inquiry or investigation, to be of local heritage significance and recommended that an interim heritage order (IHO), applying to the church and its curtilage, be issued to protect it from potential demolition whilst further assessment of its heritage significance was carried out.

    A recommendation was made to Council’s Chief Executive Officer that an IHO be placed on the property. The IHO was authorised by Council on 13 January 2020 and notified in the Government Gazette of 15 January 2020.

    Council engaged a heritage consultant (Hector Abrahams Architects) to provide an expert heritage assessment. The assessment established that the church meets the NSW heritage assessment criteria for local heritage significance and recommends the property be heritage listed.

    The listing of the property is the only way to ensure the heritage significance of the property is conserved.

    What is the status of the development application?

    The development application (DA201900287) is the subject of a deemed refusal appeal to the Land and Environment Court. A conciliation conference and hearing are scheduled for 19 and 20 October 2020.