I addressed the City’s Planning Committee on 12 November concerning the proposal for 117A Mitchell St. This is in practice a rear lane development behind the former Waratah Hotel, 92 Glebe Point Rd, a Heritage Item and the oldest pub in Glebe to have a completely unaltered exterior (1864). The Committee refused the application unanimously because of its failure to address the nature of the Conservation Area. Previous development in Mitchell St has been quite varied, but has shown a high degree of regard for conservation values. This is the third time a proposal has been refused in this area for similar reasons, but one of the proponents is asking for a review, and I think we can expect further appeals as well. The City is to be congratulated for its strong stand so far, and the Society will continue to support its actions.
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