Heritage and Conservation in Marrickville
Heritage in Marrickville
Marrickville Council is a unique area rich with items and areas that contribute to the heritage significance of the Local Government Area (LGA). Heritage significance means buildings and places in Marrickville that have special historical, scientific, cultural, social, archeological, architectural, natural or aesthetic value.
Heritage sites in Marrickville are classified as either a heritage item or a heritage conservation area (HCA). If land has been identified as either containing a heritage item or located within a HCA, then special heritage planning controls will apply to all development on that land.
The Marrickville Local Environmental Plan 2011 (MLEP) and Development Control Plan 2011 (MDCP) contain the planning controls for heritage conservation and protection in the Marrickville LGA. These two documents can be accessed via the links below:
Clause 5.10 of the MLEP 2011 contains the specific statutory planning controls for heritage conservation in Marrickville. This clause includes the requirements for consent, when consent is not required and relevant information regarding the process of heritage assessment in Marrickville Council. All heritage items and HCAs in the Marrickville Council area are listed in Schedule 5 and are highlighted on the MLEP 2011 heritage maps.
Part 8 of the MDCP 2011 contains the detailed controls and requirements for proposed development or works affecting Marrickville’s heritage assets. It applies to heritage items, HCAs, archaeological sites and Aboriginal heritage.
The controls are the culmination of historical research spanning several decades. Extensive heritage studies have been periodically undertaken by the following experts in the field:
- Fox & Associate, 1989
- Tropman & Tropman, 2001
- Paul Davies, 2009
These studies have informed the current controls. Heritage is not a static part of the urban fabric: Our heritage policies, heritage lists and our heritage conservation areas undergo periodic reviews.
Marrickville Council has a rich architectural heritage of period buildings throughout the local government area. Many fine period buildings lie outside the heritage conservation areas and schedule of heritage items. Property owners and applicants should be aware that Council considers heritage issues, where relevant, in all development applications and any heritage issues should be addressed in the Statement of Environmental Effects (which is required with all development applications).
Council recommends that property owners and applicants seek preliminary heritage advice when considering development to intact period houses and buildings. More information and preliminary advice can be sought from Council's Duty Planner on (02) 9335 2222.
An item of environmental heritage can be any part of the environment which has been identified on a statutory list as having heritage significance or value to the local area, region or the State. There are more than 300 heritage items in the Marrickville Council area comprising residential buildings, commercial buildings, industrial buildings, archaeology, memorials, parks, trees and other places of local and State heritage significance. Heritage items are listed in Schedule 5 of the MLEP 2011 and are coloured brown on the heritage maps that can be viewed here.
Heritage Conservation Areas
HCAs are significant for their streetscape character and are of value due to the collective nature of buildings and elements in that area. The Marrickville Council area includes 35 HCAs. These areas are coloured in a red hatch on the MLEP 2011 heritage map and are controlled by clause 5.10 of the MLEP 2011.
Additional controls and guidelines for each of the 35 individual HCAs are found in part 8 of the MDCP 2011. Please refer to this document for more information about these HCAs and the specific planning controls that apply. In addition, HCA information sheets are available for download (see links at right). These information sheets provide a brief description, history, statement of significance and a map showing the extent of each area.
The location of Marrickville Council's heritage items and HCAs can be viewed by selecting the heritage option within the zoning maps section of this web site (select the "Heritage Map" option after reading and accepting the disclaimer). Additionally they can also be found on the NSW Legislation website under the MLEP 2011 maps.
Archaeology in Marrickville
All known and potential archaeological relics and sites in New South Wales are protected under the NSW Heritage Act 1977. This means that it is the responsibility of the property owner to seek an excavation permit from the NSW Heritage Office when disturbing or excavating land where archaeological relics have been identified or are likely to occur.
Application forms and more information can be obtained from the NSW Heritage Office web site or by contacting the NSW Heritage Office directly on (02) 9873 8500. An excavation permit is required before work can begin, and council can request evidence that a permit has been sought as part of a Development Consent on such land.
Property owners and applicants need to be aware that it is their responsibility to fulfil any obligations for the management of archaeological relics and sites under the NSW Heritage Act (including obtaining excavations permits, where required, and notifying the NSW Heritage Office if relics are found). It is recommended that you seek advice on any development proposals on these sites and any locations which might contain archaeological relics.
Aboriginal Archaeology in Marrickville is now predominantly regulated by National Parks and Wildlife Amendment (Aboriginal objects and Aboriginal places) Regulation 2010 and this regulation applies to all land in Marrickville. Owners are obligated to comply with this act and Council may request an Aboriginal impact permit.
More information and preliminary advice can be sought from Council's Duty Planner on (02) 9335 2222.
Finding out about heritage affecting a particular property
There are several ways to find out whether there are any heritage affectations on a particular property. These include, but are not limited to the following:
- To see if a property is a current heritage item, refer to Schedule 5 of the MLEP 2011 and additionally view the heritage maps.
- To see if a property is within a HCA, refer to the heritage conservation areas map (PDF) which is an attachment to Part 8 of the MDCP 2011.
- To see if a property is affected by an archaeological site, download this map of archaeological sites (PDF) and view the relevant archaeological summary sheet in the right hand column of this page.
- Furthermore, all statutory heritage items in the State (including items of State heritage significance on the State Heritage Register) can be searched through the NSW Heritage Office's State Heritage Database.
Before relying on any of this information, property owners are advised to obtain a current Planning Section 149 Certificate from Council. Planning Section 149 Certificates provide a range of information about the legal planning controls affecting a property and include all relevant heritage information such as whether the property is a heritage item, or within a HCA. There are two types of certificates: S.149(2) and S.149(5). The latter provides additional information such as State Heritage Register listing.
Planning Section 149 Certificate applications can be downloaded here.
Further heritage information
The Marrickville Development Control Plan 2011 contains additional heritage guidelines and controls
- Part 4 – Residential Development
- Part 5 – Commercial and Mixed Use Development
- Part 8 – Heritage
Further heritage information can be found at the following locations:
- The NSW Heritage Branch provides a wealth of general heritage information and a number of useful publications such as inventory sheets for heritage homes, a list of Heritage Consultants, conservation supplies and services directory, and a guide to carrying out work on heritage buildings and sites. The Heritage branch also maintains the State Heritage database containing o all the statutory heritage items in the State including the State Heritage Register of sites of State heritage significance.
- The Federal Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities is responsible for items of Commonwealth and National heritage significance and it maintains the National Heritage List and Commonwealth Heritage List.
For general enquiries regarding Council's heritage controls please contact Council's Duty Planner on (02) 9335 2222. If you require further information about individual Heritage Items please speak to Council's Heritage and Urban Design Advisor on (02) 9335 2222.
Obtaining pre-Development Application (PDA) heritage advice
Initial development advice should be obtained by coming to Council's Administrative Centre (2-14 Fisher Street, Petersham) and speaking to the Duty Planner (or by phoning (02) 9335 2222). If you require further information on individual heritage items please contact Council's Heritage and Urban Design Adviser on (02) 9335 2222.
Council strongly encourages consultation with Council officers before the preparation of plans to ensure that all relevant planning and heritage issues are considered, and to avoid unnecessary delays in the assessment of development applications. Council can provide formal pre-development application (PDA) advice where an applicant is given the opportunity to present their proposal and receive a written response. PDA meetings can be arranged by completing the Request for Pre-Development Application Advice application form available here. Please note that plans and other supporting information must be submitted with the application form and a fee is payable.
Recent Heritage Studies
Council commissioned several heritage studies as part of the development of the Marrickville LEP 2011. The recommendations of these studies assisted in the development of new planning controls aimed at protecting heritage within the Marrickville local government area.
Two additional studies were commissioned in response to representation to Council from property owners following the public exhibition of the draft Plans. These studies provided additional assessment of a number of proposed Heritage Items, known as a Peer Review, and the proposed boundaries of two Heritage Conservation Areas within the Marrickville LEP 2011. Copies of the two heritage studies can be downloaded below:
- Draft Marrickville Local Environmental Plan 2010: Proposed Heritage Items: Peer Review (Tanner Architects) (PDF)
- Review of 2 Draft Heritage Conservation Areas: HCA 7: Kingston West & HCA 26: Lewisham Estate (Paul Davies Pty Ltd) (PDF)