Council issues Emergency Order after demolition of heritage building

9 November 2017

Liverpool City Council has issued an Emergency Order to cease demolition of a rare heritage-protected building at 13 Bigge St, Liverpool and may prosecute any unauthorised demolition.

Council issued the order immediately it was informed by members of the community that the 1920s bungalow, that has been heritage listed for at least 20 years, was largely demolished with only a few sections of wall remaining.

Liverpool City Council chief executive officer Kiersten Fishburn said the demolition work was a breach of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and that the developer was fully aware of the stipulations of its heritage listing.

“The developer was aware of the heritage significance of this building. It was part of their development approval,” Ms Fishburn said.

“The developer was allowed to gain additional height on the new residential flat building on the condition that this heritage dwelling was preserved.

“The developer withdrew an initial application to demolish it because it knew the Council would not approve it.”

Ms Fishburn said the Californian-bungalow-style building was a rarity in Liverpool because of the lack of such buildings in the ‘inter-war’ era.

“Any building of this era in Liverpool is a rarity full-stop. We have a great respect for our history and we have a duty to protect the best of our past.”

Ms Fishburn said the Council views any breach seriously and may prosecute any unauthorised demolition. Offences of this nature attract a maximum penalty of $2 million for organisations and $550,000 for individuals.

The dwelling at 13 Bigge St was heavily damaged in a 2008 fire while under previous ownership.