Bassendean: Kenny St residents concerned by heritage plan

Bassendean: Kenny St residents concerned by heritage plan

A GROUP of Kenny Street residents fear the loss of property value if their street is singled out as a “heritage precinct” as part of the Bassendean Municipal Heritage Inventory (MHI) review.

The Town’s MHI is a list of places that are of local cultural heritage significance.

Kenny Street was part of the proposed MHI as a “heritage precinct” under category two, where places held considerable significance to the community but did not qualify for State listing.

Councillor Paul Bridges said he met with property owners who were concerned about a drop in property values, increased development restrictions and diminished development potential, if only their properties were included.

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Wilson, Parker and Kathleen streets were also earmarked to be part of the precinct but were identified too late in the process of the current review.

At last month’s council meeting, Cr Bridges proposed council withdraw its bid to classify Kenny Street a heritage precinct, but it was not supported.

Council voted to consider property owners’ concerns through written submissions as part of the adopted consultation process at the next committee meeting.

Kenny Street resident Tania Hohneck said she suggested council to involve affected residents to draft the MHI, which had not been updated since 2006.

Fellow resident Gabrielle Wennekes said the officer’s criteria were not detailed.

“We should not be singled out for a heritage precinct,” she said.

“As residents of Kenny Street, we loved the heritage (but) other houses on other streets have more than Kenny Street.”

According to an officer’s report, the loss to property value was not a valid planning consideration.

“It was considered by the MHI Review Committee that whilst these individual places did not meet the criteria of a management category two, collectively the precinct held a higher level of significance and therefore met the criteria of a management category two,” the report said.

An officer’s report based on the results of consultation will be brought back to council in May.