What is a planning proposal?

 A Planning Proposal is the process by which a Council makes changes to its Local Environmental Plan (LEP). There are five steps involved in a planning proposal:
1. The planning proposal - the relevant authority prepares the planning proposal. The relevant authority is usually the local council; however the Minister can appoint the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment or a joint regional planning panel to be the relevant planning authority.
 2. Gateway - the Minister (or delegate) decides whether the planning proposal can proceed (with or without variation) and subject to other matters including further studies being undertaken, public consultation, public hearings, agency consultation and time frames. A planning proposal does usually not proceed without conditions of this nature. The conditions are then complied with and if necessary, the proposal is changed.
3. Community consultation - the proposal is publicly exhibited as required by the Minister. A person making a submission may also request a public hearing be held.
4. Assessment - the relevant planning authority reviews public submissions.
5. Determination of the Planning Proposal - with the Minister’s (or delegate’s) approval the local environmental plan is published on the NSW legislation website and becomes law.

What is a conservation area?

What is a conservation area?

It is a defined area within Council’s local environmental plan (LEP) that aims to protect any building, work, relic, tree or place which makes a contribution to the heritage significance of the area and ensures that any proposed development is compatible with the size, form, scale, orientation, materials and landscaping of adjoining properties within the area.

How does a conservation area differ to a heritage listing?

Heritage listing of a property is site specific and relates to protecting identified elements of buildings/structures from development which would have a negative impact upon their historical, aesthetic and social heritage significance, taking into consideration the rarity of the building/structure. 

Why has the decision been made to extend the area at this time?

The review and planning proposal to extend the Annandale Conservation Area was initiated in response to concerns about demolitions in the suburb raised with the former Leichhardt Council by local residents.

What assessments were completed to inform the proposed extension of the conservation area?

A 2003 study by heritage consultants Godden Mackay Logan recommended that the Annandale Conservation Area should be extended to include the excluded parts of the suburb of Annandale.

In 2015/16 former Leichhardt Council appointed heritage consultants NBRS Architecture to review some of the properties not currently within Annandale Conservation Area and establish a methodology that could be used for the remaining properties.

Council officers applied this methodology to complete the review of properties in the excluded part of Annandale.

Are property owners in the conservation area allowed to demolish their property?

Inclusion in the conservation area does not mean there is a total prohibition on demolition, owners would need to go through the development application process to apply to demolish their property. As explained in the Planning Proposal document, one of the intentions of the LEP amendment is to ensure dwellings/structures in Annandale cannot be demolished using complying development provisions. 

Where can I find more about Leichhardt LEP 2013 and heritage conservation matters?

There is more information on the former Leichhardt Council website here