Drove past 129 Durham Road today to see this:
Yes, the home of Headlie Taylor, a property of historical significance to Sunshine, is up for sale.
Interesting to see that neither the billboard, nor the agent’s website mentions heritage overlay. But the ad does refer to the new owner perhaps renovating and notes that anything else would be subject to council approval.
However, a brief revisit of Council website was not reassuring…. I will need to look into the following quick points I noted:
- The Heritage Victoria Database has this house listed as 131 Durham Road and classified as part of a ‘precinct of significance’ where as other houses in this precinct also get classification as an ‘individual place of significance’.
- The listing with Heritage Victoria registers a weatherboard residence built in 1920 and makes no mention of the brick.
- This coming Tuesday, 22 April 2014, Brimbank council agenda shows that Report 3 Brimbank Planning Scheme Amendment C167 – Heritage Gaps Report and Heritage Policy Review will be presented to Council. The report identifies gaps where places of heritage are not currently included in the Brimbank Planning Scheme. One of the heritage gaps this report identifies is Headlie Taylor’s house. However, the report then excludes it from being included in the Brimbank Planning Scheme as it currently has a planning permit request being considered.
What I’m worried about is that failure to include this property in the planning scheme will leave it at continued risk of demolition, which may even end up occurring simply by the owner leaving it to rot further for several years.
And have we come to the point where we identify something as culturally significant but fail to grant it the protections of our heritage strategy just because the current owner asked to demolish it over a year ago??
Or is there another reason? Gonna try and get to the council meeting…. anyone wanna come along?
22 April 2014
Council Chamber, Municipal Offices
6-18 Alexandra Ave
**Please note I normally don’t post this quickly without doing my research so I acknowledge that I may be wrong about the benefits of including the property in the BPS… I’ll investigate that before Tuesday.
**For the long boring history of me writing about this house, check out my posts categorised as ‘History’ – also read the comments on those posts. Lots of locals share their memories of the house.
Edited 22 April 2014 to add: Well I managed to fuck that up. I submitted a question to be answered by Council at tonight’s meeting and arrived at the 7pm meeting at (I SWEAR!!) 7:01pm…. to find doors locked and no access to the meeting. After 5 minutes a very kind cleaner let me in, only to be told that the meeting had already moved past that item on the agenda and Council will respond to my question in writing.
I was back in the car driving home by 7:09pm. Lets see how long it takes to get that written response.