Bidura site under threat again

A new Development Application has been lodged for the Bidura site in Glebe.

The previous development application was opposed by hundreds of people because of the huge impact it will have on this state significant heritage item and the local neighbourhood. 

The Land and Environment Court’s refusal to approve the development vindicated our concerns.

This latest application will no doubt be opposed by even more local residents than the previous one, because it is equally unsuitable.

I call on the Minister for Finance and Property to buy the building back in order to safeguard this fine heritage item and local amenity.

The site is incredibly important to Glebe residents because it includes Bidura House, the historically significant villa which was designed in Victorian Regency style by renowned architect Edmund Blacket.

The Bidura building is the last remaining 1850s villa within a garden setting on the eastern side of Glebe Point Road.

It was pure folly to sell such a sensitive site, and it now it’s up to the government to admit they were wrong and put the site back into public hands.

The government should be protecting heritage sites like this, not ruining them with residential developments. Our community needs childcare centres and community facilities, not more residential apartment towers.

ENDS

More information: Jamie Parker 96607586


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  • commented 2017-07-09 02:31:39 +1000
    Not sure if there’s been an update on this, but I agree, it’s the last of it’s kind here in Glebe and would be unfair to let it slip away. My husband and I have been local business owners our entire lives and have always supported local heritage and local history ever since we owned and operated our arborist company http://cctrees.net in America before moving here years ago. It’s the local businesses, local heritage, history, and people that connect a community… and KEEP it connected. Thank you for this information. If there are links to updates please let us know -Sarah S
  • commented 2017-06-30 15:07:22 +1000
    Confirmation from Town Planner handling this at SCC – 161 Objection Letters received as of Monday this week. That is more than the original DA. The community is speaking loudly and clearly to SCC. Thank you Jamie Parker for your work with the Glebe Community on this. We need to ensure this DA DOES NOT get approved in the 2nd round, as the amendments are trivial and still does not address the height, builk, scale and loss of solar light for residents. Please visit our FB page for more information – save bidura from overdevelopment We need to save the Glebe Village and loss of heritage and over crowding.
  • commented 2017-06-11 18:49:30 +1000
    I understand that development is necessary but I question the extent of apartments needed, and the planning behind the feverish level of high rise buildings that are choking the city. We have a short history in comparison to many nations and therefore the amount of historical building that have our history embedded in them is minimal. To see them demolished for yet another box of apartments that speak only to profit and not to connection and the continuing story of who we are and the way we fashioned our lives until now is disheartening. Where possible lets keep them safe as part of the communities that treasure them. Once they are gone there is no turning back.
  • commented 2017-06-05 12:27:36 +1000
    Agreed ten fold !
  • commented 2017-06-02 17:39:04 +1000
    Save our heritage buildings!

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