The owner of the Telstra site in Manning St, between the Westpac building and the former CBC bank chambers, has lodged a DA with Council to build a shop and five units, at an estimated cost of $2.5 million.
Kiama locals Robynne and Greg Mills, who are both experts in heritage conservation management and town planning are encouraging all groups and individuals with an interest in the conservation and preservation of Kiama’s heritage streetscape to view the proposed development plans and make submissions by the deadline of 17 February.
“We believe that because of the high heritage significance of this section of Manning St (Terralong St to Bong Bong St), it is vital that in its assessment of the DA Council reviews the appropriateness of the proposed development within its heritage setting and its potential to impact upon the heritage significance of the whole Manning Street Heritage Area,” says Robynne.
“Prior to accepting a Heritage Impact Assessment from the developer for this DA, Council should commit to the preparation of a Heritage Management Plan for the area. This document would identify the heritage significance of the area which could be impacted by the development.”
These include the ANZ Bank, stables, rear garden and fences; the old Council Chambers and pine tree at rear; the Grand Hotel; the Post Office, grounds and pine trees; and the Uniting Church, front lawn and pine trees.
Late last year, the Economic Development Committee signalled its intention to hold a design competition protect the heritage of this area. Details of the competition brief are still to be released.