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Haese "deeply disappointed" as Govt rejects North Adelaide heritage listing

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UPDATED: Lord Mayor Martin Haese says he’s “deeply disappointed” after the State Government’s rejected his council’s push to have nine buildings in North Adelaide heritage-listed.

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Local Government Minister Stephan Knoll informed Haese by letter today that he supported the State Commission Assessment Panel’s decision that there was “no merit” in granting the buildings heritage status.

Haese told InDaily in a statement this afternoon that: “To say that I am deeply disappointed in Minister Knoll’s decision not to heritage list nine buildings across North Adelaide is an understatement.”

“Former Planning Minister John Rau saw fit to interim-list these nine historic buildings, for which we the Council were appreciative on behalf of the North Adelaide community.

“Nonetheless, I do note that the Minister has opened the door to discuss some of our strong concerns surrounding the North Adelaide Large Institutions and Colleges Development Plan Amendment.

“I will hold the Minister to his commitment to fixing the ambiguities and consequences of the DPA that currently allow the eleven North Adelaide colleges and large institutions to expand beyond their existing boundaries.”

The buildings include the Lohe Memorial Library at the Australian Lutheran College, a chapel at St Mark’s College and cottages at Kathleen Lumley College.

“The State Commission Assessment Panel has advised that there is no merit in granting these buildings heritage status,” Knoll said this morning.

“Going forward, the State Government will continue to work with the Adelaide City Council, residents and other stakeholders to clear up any ambiguity through the development of the North Adelaide Large Institutions and Colleges Development Plan Amendment.

“I’m confident that through this process we can deliver the right outcome for North Adelaide residents, these institutions and other stakeholders that minimises red tape and delivers an outcome in line with community expectations.”

Haese has previously warned that planning changes in North Adelaide could see the area transform from a residential suburb that contains some institutional buildings to an institutional suburb that contains some residences.

Knoll added that the Government would “continue to support our heritage suburbs because they are so important to the social fabric and character of local communities”.

“By working to ensure the right policy frameworks are in place we will safeguard these historic and important buildings.”

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