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Heritage items

Woollahra has a rich and diverse history and natural setting that is represented in Victorian, Federation, Inter-war and post-1950 buildings, precincts and streetscapes. This environmental heritage has a local, state and, in many instances, a nationally recognised level of significance.

There are approximately 700 heritage items, comprising individual buildings, structures, trees and landscape features. These items are protected by Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 2014 and the development control plan. Some items have protection on the State Heritage Register under the NSW Heritage Act 1977. A number of items are protected under Sydney Regional Environmental Plan (Sydney Harbour Catchment) 2005. Nearly half of our heritage items are also listed by the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

Identifying and listing items of heritage significance are the first steps in protecting and managing places and objects that we, as a community, want to keep. Listing our special places on statutory heritage registers provides a legal framework to manage change to these significant places.

Heritage items and heritage conservation areas identified within the Municipality can be found as a list of properties in the Woollahra LEP 2014 - Schedule 5 Environmental heritage or on the Woollahra LEP 2014 - Heritage map.

Heritage items means a building, work, place, relic, tree, object or archaeological site the location and nature of which is described in Schedule 5.

Heritage items are also listed in Sydney Regional Environmental Plan (Sydney Harbour Catchment) 2005.

Proposed items, areas, archaeological sites and potential archaeological sites may also be listed in exhibited draft environmental planning instruments, which include planning proposals.

If you are seeking to buy land it is very important that you read the section 10.7 planning certificate which must be attached to the sale contract by the vendor. This will identify if the property is a heritage item located in a heritage conservation area, or included in an exhibited planning proposal.

A section 10.7 planning certificate will also identify if a property is located within a HCA or in a proposed HCA under an exhibited planning proposal.

Heritage conservation areas

Within the Woollahra Municipality there are a number of established heritage conservation areas (HCAs). These HCAs have been determined by a set of heritage values, which are particular to that area, distinguishing it from other places in the Municipality.

The boundaries of the fourteen HCAs currently identified within the Municipality can be located on the Woollahra LEP 2014 - Heritage map.

There are three main HCAs. In the Woollahra DCP 2015 see; Chapter C1 - Paddington HCA (PDF), Chapter C2 - Woollahra HCA (PDF) and Chapter C3 - Watsons Bay HCA (PDF). Smaller HCAs are located in Darling Point, Bellevue Hill, Rose Bay and Vaucluse, see Chapter B2 - Neighbourhood HCAs (PDF).

Significant items located within a heritage conservation area contribute to and exemplify the heritage significance of the place. They are identified as heritage items and contributory items.

Heritage items means a building, work, place, relic, tree, object or archaeological site the location and nature of which is described in Schedule 5.

Contributory items are a building, work, archaeological site, tree or place and its setting, which contributes to the heritage significance of a conservation area.

Heritage and development

Under the heritage provisions of Woollahra LEP 2014, the Council cannot grant consent to a development application involving certain development for a heritage item or certain development in a heritage conservation area without considering how the development would affect the heritage significance of the item or the area.

Furthermore, under the LEP provisions, the Council cannot grant consent to a development application involving certain development for a heritage item or certain development in a heritage conservation area unless it has considered a heritage management document. A heritage management document provides information that is used to assist the Council with its assessment and determination of these development applications.

Similar heritage provisions are contained in Sydney Regional Environmental Plan (Sydney Harbour Catchment) 2005.

Does my work require consent?

The Woollahra LEP 2014 contains heritage provisions which outline when development consent is required in relation to work carried out to heritage items and properties within a heritage conservation area.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 outlines what work to a heritage item or within a heritage conservation area does not require development consent. For example, general maintenance to a heritage item is considered 'exempt development'. For internal repairs and maintenance, the renovation of bathrooms and kitchens in a heritage item is not included as exempt development and would require development consent.

What pre-development comments can I get?

If you are preparing a development application, see our Pre-DA consultation service and our specific help in relation to the preparation of your heritage impact statement (PDF).

Council's heritage officers can provide pre-DA comments on heritage issues that might arise from a proposal.

Development applications

Development applications which have heritage issues are referred to Council's Heritage Officers to provide comment in relation to the impact on cultural significance. Council's Heritage Officers receive about 250 development applications each year.

Enquiries

For heritage matters relating to development applications please contact:

Council's Duty Planner:
Phone: 9391 7000