The Heritage Position Paper has been informed by consultation with our member councils and responds to the State Planning Commission’s (SPC) recent discussion papers about heritage and the first report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into heritage reform.
South Australian councils are concerned about proposed changes to the heritage system and the unfair burden being imposed on councils, weakening heritage protections, and the lack of engagement with local government.
The Environment, Resources and Development Committee’s report and the SPC’s discussion papers precede the Planning and Design Code and differ in their approaches, with the former proposing that existing protections be transitioned into the new planning system, and the former proposing that Contributory Items no longer exist.
This is significant to the future of local heritage because the SPC proposal could result in the loss of up to 11,000 Contributory Items (which generally contribute to the heritage character of an area) and have a significant impact on the value and the amenity of many neighbourhoods in metro regions.
In response to concerns expressed by metropolitan councils about the protection of local heritage in South Australia, the LGA has prepared its Heritage Position Paper, which recommends:
- that current heritage classifications and protections including Historic Conservation Zones/Policy Areas and Contributory Items be transitioned in their current form into Generation 1 of the new planning system;
- that the State Government implement, in consultation with local government, the recommendations of the report of the Environment, Resources and Development Committee’s Heritage Inquiry; and
- that the SPC engages with local government on the detail of the Planning and Design Code as it relates to heritage and character and, in particular, demolition control.
The LGA has asked to work with the SPC in development of the proposed new Local Heritage Area Overlay, and to work with the SPC on the issues raised above.
The Heritage Position Paper has been provided to the Minister for Planning, the Hon Stephan Knoll, the Shadow Minister for Planning, the Hon Tony Piccolo, and the Chair of the SPC, Mr Michael Lennon.
Please contact Katherine Russell, Senior Policy Officer at the LGA, on tel. 8224 2067 or at firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.