24 July 2012
The proposed sale of the Masonic building in Bangalow has sparked a flurry of concern among locals over the need to protect heritage buildings.
Byron Shire Council phones have apparently been ‘running hot’ with the issue.
But acting general manager Ray Darney has assured them that all buildings within the Bangalow heritage precinct are protected under the provision of clause 18 of the Byron Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 1988.
‘The LEP provides that a person can not demolish, renovate or extend a building without development approval from Council,’ he said.
‘Any application for development within the heritage precinct would require the submission of a Heritage Impact Statement that has been prepared by a recognised heritage consultant.’
Mr Darney said that while the protections in place did not prevent the construction of new buildings in the area, applicants must go through due process.
‘A recent good example of a compatible design for Bangalow was the Urban Café renewal. The new building has been designed sympathetically within the streetscape and reflects the heritage village of Bangalow,’ he said.
Council approved the new building after a fire destroyed the original one in 2010.