As a result of my enquiries into the recent development application to build a boarding house complex in March Street, I found out this area at present is not included in the East Orange Urban Conservation Area.
Only a very small area of East Orange is included.
This to me was a surprise, because as a member of the Orange City Heritage Review committee led by David Scobie Architects in 2011 I believed we included the entire East Orange area.
At present you have East Orange – the oldest part of the Orange area – with a smallest heritage area.
That review listed, under ‘Item 15 – Conservation Areas’, the East Orange Urban Conservation Area.
Listed under Bowen East Orange are 37 properties. Of the dwellings listed under Bowen East Orange only Bowen Terrace and two units are in the East Orange Heritage Area.
This shows it has a significant number of properties not in the heritage area. This, to me, is a ridiculous situation. The largest number of listed cottages are not in a heritage area.
The 2011 review was to include all the areas not included in the 1986 list, but at present you have East Orange – the oldest part of the Orange area – with a smallest heritage area.
Council cannot give me an answer to why the full area was not included.
All I can get is it will be included in the future.
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