Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Council Committed to Heritage

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Council Committed to Heritage

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TOOWOOMBA Regional Council's Chris Tait has dismissed suggestions that the council has watered down its commitment to the preservation of older homes and buildings in the city.

Cr Tait, who leads the council's development assessment portfolio, said that in fact the council was preserving and enhancing existing regulation in relation to character areas of Toowoomba.

"Council does continue to see the value of heritage in the streetscapes of Toowoomba, evidenced by the continuance of the existing character overlay codes and the strengthening of these where necessary.

"In relation to heritage buildings, council is considering the adoption of measures that will enhance streetscapes and their preservation through council incentives."

Cr Tait said that in relation to heritage buildings in areas other than character overlay areas, it was appropriate that these were kept under review with the option of deletion or addition as appropriate.

"A review has recently occurred and was conducted by an independent heritage architect."

Cr Tait said there was a loophole that came to light when the application was made to remove a house in Joffre St.

He said council moved to rectify that loophole immediately.

"This loophole, however, did not affect the outcome as the building replacing the building marked for removal has been made to comply with the character overlay code," he said.

"The amendment made by council to the planning scheme overlay code determined that approval for removal of a building (in the areas affected by the code) could not be given unless the application detailed a replacement building that complied with character overlay codes.

"These codes largely relate to setback, street faE*ade, fencing and landscaping, with the over-riding priority being protection of the street character."

Cr Tait confirmed that there were about 2900 individual addresses in the city area identified as being character places. …

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