Planning application at 52 Abbott Street East Launceston TAS 7250
March 5, 2017, 12:57 a.m.
I wish to oppose the demolition of 38 Arthur Street, East Launceston.
The supporting documention with the application asserts this place was built c1930. The core of the building suggests an 1850s/60s residence, with a c1900 addition to the western section of the building. Archival records support this. This would make this building an early timber building in East Launceston. Have the applicants considered re-use of this clearly early building? The internal fittings support the early nature of this building.
The supporting documentation also neglects to assess the heritage values of the place, and loss of streetscape to the area. Was this place considered in the Paul Davies Launceston Heritage Study? Is it a recommendation in the state, local or precinct reports of the heritage study? When will these reports be made public to ratepayers? All other municipal council surveys are found on council websites. Why hasn't Launceston done this?
For almost six decades this place was home to the Burgess family. QG Burgess was a well-known commercial traveller and employee of the Mercury newspaper. He was active in the Launceston church and commercial circles. His wife was a prominent northern Tasmanian philanthropist. At the time of her death she left substantial funds to nine charities. 38 Arthur Street was a social hub, where fundraising for these charities took place. The application to demolish does not take into account these associative and community values, which are key indicators of heritage status.
Lastly, will the adjacent intersection be affected by increased traffic to this venue? Vision at the intersection is poor and there is a lack of parking for local residents which is taken up by customers to surrounding businesses. This will likely increase with the proposed addition to the premises. Will it operate outside of normal business hours?
I acknowledge the contribution this small business makes to the area. I also know the owners have respect for heritage buildings, having restored one themselves. I hope they reconsider their application to demolish this early building for the area.