A POLICY to guide development and planning decisions in the historic town of Guildford is open for public comment until July 1.
The City of Swan’s draft Local Planning Policy for the Guildford Heritage Area outlines development requirements and strengthens obligations to protect local heritage.
One of the key implications of the policy is to reinforce the City’s position against demolishing structures that contribute to the cultural heritage significance of the area.
“Once gone, it can never be replaced,” a policy supporting document says.
“Demolition of a Contributory Place is rarely appropriate and there is a presumption against the demolition of Contributory Places (including buildings) in State Registered heritage places.
“Demolition approval will not be granted because redevelopment is a more attractive economic proposition, or because a building has been neglected.”
The policy divides Guildford into eight character precincts each with their own unique characteristics to be considered, retained and responded to in development applications.
The new policy also includes measures to protect mature vegetation on private property.
Guildford Historic Town was added to the State Register of Heritage Places in 2019 and named the Guildford Heritage Area under the City’s local planning scheme.
Midland/Guildford Ward councillor Sarah Howlett said the historic character of Guildford should be protected.
“Guildford is a rare and beautifully intact heritage area, with a colonial history dating back to 1829 as one of the three original settlements of the Swan River Colony and Perth’s only inland port,” she said.
The first of two community information sessions was held on Wednesday with the second on May 7.
By Claire Ottaviano