The way we manage developments is critical in protecting this area’s rich heritage.
If you live in Guildford/Mandoon or Woodbridge and plan to demolish your existing residence, make additions to it or build an entirely new house you must make an appointment to see Senior Planning staff before you proceed.
Check out the information below for specific details about how a property’s heritage status impacts the development application process.
Development Approval is required before any works can occur in Guildford/Mandoon because it is a State Heritage Listed Place(open in new window) and Local Heritage Area. This ensures the conservation of the area’s heritage significance and where development does occur, it occurs in a manner that is appropriate to the significance, character and appearance of the area.
Not every building will be significant, and the removal or alteration of non-significant fabric or the development of these sites is not usually a major concern. The Guildford/Mandoon Heritage Area Local Planning Policy parts A and B can be viewed below.
If your property is located in the Woodbridge Heritage Area, development approval will most likely be required for any alterations, additions or new development.
A development application should consider the City's Woodbridge Conservation Precinct Local Planning Policy(open in new window) as it is one of the City's main assessment tools (along with the R-Codes) for development in Woodbridge.
The primary objective is to ensure any new development conserves elements that contribute to the area’s significance. Not every building will be significant, and the removal or alteration of non-significant fabric or the development of these sites is not usually a major concern. The objective is to ensure that where development does occur, it occurs in a manner which is appropriate to the significance, character and appearance of the area.
The Heritage List is a list of places compiled under the City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 17 which are given certain protection under the Scheme.
The Heritage List is derived from those places in the Local Government Inventory with the highest levels of heritage significance. It does not include all places in the Inventory.
Development approval is required for demolition, alterations or other development, in order for an assessment to be made upon the impact of the proposal upon the heritage value of the place.
The City may apply incentives for the conservation of places and buildings on the Heritage List by varying normal development requirements where this will assist the conservation of the place or building.
The Heritage List comprises the following management categories:
Places of Exceptional Significance
High level of planning oversight required to ensure no adverse impacts on significance.
- All works require approval
- A Heritage Impact Statement(open in new window) will be required if proposed works are not according to a Conservation Plan.
The majority of the places considered to be of Exceptional Significance are already entered in the State Register of Heritage Places, and subject to advice from the State Heritage Office.
Places of Considerable Significance
Some changes will be allowed without approval. For example:
- All interior works, unless approval for these works is required under Local Planning Policy
- Maintenance and repair.
A Heritage Impact Statement will only be required for major works or substantial redevelopment.