Home to be demolished

Hammond Road Cottage in Success.        d449711
Hammond Road Cottage in Success.        d449711

AN old dwelling in Success will be knocked down after a public consultation process failed to sway the City of Cockburn into raising its heritage significance.

The oldest land title available reveals the building, near the intersection of Hammond Road and Jubilee Avenue, had been owned by William Henry Barfield and his son.

These days the dwelling is used as a sales office for the growing Lakeside Success development, though it has changed hands several times over the past 100 years.

The developer plans to demolish the building for public open space and a drainage sump. A large oak tree should be retained.

In February, the City of Cockburn flagged adding the building to its Local Government Inventory as a management category C item, after matching it against heritage criteria.

That opinion was re-affirmed after a period of public consultation.

In a report produced for the City’s ordinary council meeting on Thursday, a City officer said the building’s various modifications and low landmark, research and social value meant it was suitable only as a category C item.

But during the consultation period, the item’s nominator argued it should be retained.

“Once demolished this history will never be regained,” the submission said.

“This little house is a key to our past which I hope remains open for all.”

The City will call on the developer to install an interpretive piece, such as a plaque, to provide insight to the public of the history of the site.