Apologies – in our haste to act quickly, we noted in our last blog post to send your Objections to Banyule Council. This is incorrect. The Objections should go to Heritage Victoria.
Following is information that has been letter-boxed to residents of Buckingham Drive – it may assist you in submitting your Objection :
You may be aware that an Application has been submitted to Heritage Victoria to subdivide 60 Buckingham Drive, also known as the ‘Banyule Homestead’, into 3 new allotments and an additional 3 new dwellings (townhouses).
Friends of Banyule do not support this Application because we exist to help to preserve the environmental values of Banyule City and the Banyule Homestead is too valuable an historic asset, a key part of the history of Banyule and Melbourne. To let it and its surrounding heritage location be permanently diminished by inappropriate development would be a total travesty.
Friends of Banyule as a community organisation are submitting an Objection to Heritage Victoria today. We have contacted Heritage Victoria and they have confirmed that there is no ‘official’ form for putting in an Objection to them.
Help us object by putting in your own personal written Objection to Heritage Victoria as soon as possible. Heritage Victoria have informed us that Objections will be received by them after 25 May 2011, but that they must be received very soon thereafter.
Further details of the Application currently listed with Heritage Victoria are available here
We have also taken the liberty of listing some key points that you are welcome to use, along with your own personal objections.
Friends of Banyule
Address & development application no. information to be included with your Objection :
55 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Application No. P14282 ; Heritage property no. H0926
Following are some key points that you are welcome to use, that may assist you in your Application :
1. The property is an historic homestead that is known and held in high regard by Melburnians
2. It was supposedly to be held in Trust to preserve its dignity
3. It must be kept in its present state, without further degradation for the benefit of present and future generations
4. The developmnet would seriously diminish the views of the heritage property from the Main Yarra Trail and the Banyule Flats Wetlands
5. The property has been subdivided over the years and needs not to be subdivided or diminished any further
6. All existing residences in Buckingham Drive are free-standing houses and the proposed development of townhouses would seriously diminish one of the premier streets of Banyule
7. The proposed development is not in-keeping with the neighbourhood character
8. This would have to be the worst location in Banyule for a sub-division proposal because it is analogous with putting up townhouses next to Captain Cook’s cottage
9. The proposed development would destroy the amenity and heritage of the surrounding grounds
10. The proposed development compromises the significance of the registered place
11. The proposed development would affect the existing significant garden setting, landscape and trees