Heritage row ends in bulldoze order

The two Mt Lawley properties pictured above may be destroyed .d414765
The two Mt Lawley properties pictured above may be destroyed .d414765

A demolition order for the buildings at 68 and 70 Guildford Road, Mt Lawley, has been approved by the City.

Mayor Sylvan Albert said the properties were not heritage-listed and rejected Mr Wooldridge’s claims.

But Mr Wooldridge said the approval showed the City did not protect heritage to the same extent as the City of Stirling.

‘Bayswater has been very vocal of late in defending its heritage protection credentials. The demolition application over these heritage properties has been a test of the substance of these policies, for which Bayswater has clearly failed,’ he said.

But Cr Albert said the City had more than 200 sites on its heritage register and Mr Wooldridge’s assertion had ‘no substance’.

‘This section of Guildford Road does not have an intact character streetscape, rather it is an eclectic mix of development types and ages,’ he said.

‘As with all sites, the owners are able to develop within the statutory provisions, and the City would require that any new development on the properties would have to be sympathetic to the broader character of Mt Lawley.’

Cr Albert said no development application had been received for the site, which is owned by the Salvation Army.

The Mt Lawley Society is fighting for Stirling to retain all of Mt Lawley, Menora and Inglewood, contrary to the State Government’s proposal for Inglewood to move to a Greater Morley council.

‘In Stirling, all buildings (commercial and residential) built before 1960 have effective and strong heritage protection in the Heritage Protection Areas of Inglewood, Menora and Mt Lawley,’ Mr Wooldridge said.

A Salvation Army spokesman said the association was currently exploring all options for the future of the properties, including selling them to assist in funding social housing but that no final decision had been reached yet.