What is a conservation area?
When purchasing or selling a property, it is always important to know whether the property is restricted by any conservation laws. Conservation areas may deter buyers looking to build, or alternatively may attract purchasers looking for that beautiful sense of character.
Conservation areas are places where the local council has identified a significant streetscape or broader area in which the Historical Origins and relationships between the various elements create a sense of character that is worth preserving.
In these areas, a group of buildings will form a significant streetscape and will usually have a consistent scale and architectural style. For example, the incredible Californian Bungalow conservation of Creewood Street, Concord. Sometimes a Conservation Area is significant for its diversity and evidence of the changing patterns of development in the area.
What do you need to do?
In conservation areas, if you are looking to build or renovate, approval must be requested from the local council and usually the façade of the property must be kept within the conservation guidelines. Inclusion in a Conservation area does not always mean that the streetscape is perfectly formed. Often there will be elements that are inconsistent. These are sometimes known as discordant or non-contributory elements.
The best way to identify whether a property is listed in a Conservation Area is by obtaining a 149 Planning Certificate from the local Council which is a mandatory document within a Contract for Sale. If you are purchasing a property, always ensure you get a copy of the contract of sale from the agent and check the 149 certificate.
This information is provided as a guide for general information. For more, contact Elaine Bowcher at Devine Real Estate, Drummoyne.
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