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One of Lismore’s historic streets which is coming under pressure of re-development will be considered for heritage protection tomorrow.

Little Keen Street near the CBD has 30 old-style homes, which under current policy cannot be rebuilt if they are destroyed by fire.

Lismore City Council planners have recommended the street be considered for heritage protection with further research and community consultation.

This follows a heritage conservation report commissioned in May this year which advises that the street and surrounding area be zoned a Heritage Conservation Area.

Under the current LEP the area is zoned B3 Commercial Core and is not consistent with the future land use and development of the area, so council will need to consider changes to its planning to consider the implications of heritage protection.

Cr Vanessa Ekins told Echonetdaily the results of the heritage report were a good outcome for the community.

‘There are no losers in this decision to protect the area, if we preserve our heritage then none of us lose,’ Cr Ekins said.

Zoning for heritage protection does not prohibit commercial development but ensures the residential streetscape is maintained.

‘People who want to commercially develop the area can still do so, but will need to take the streetscape amenity into account,’ Cr Ekins said.

Little Keen Street is close to the CBD and has seen an increase of heritage dwellings relocated to make way for development which is changing the historic feel of the streetscape.

‘It is really important that we have housing stock which is within or close to the CBD that is affordable and people don’t need transport,’ Cr Ekins said.




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