Yelvertoft, 75 Hereford St

This largely intact Victorian Regency dwelling is a Heritage Item under LEP 2012. The Land and Environment Court has decided the Development Application No. D/2017/1602 for the construction of two, two-storey dwellings with attic and roof terrace, basement parking, alterations and additions to the existing heritage item, and site works including the removal of seven trees and installation of new landscaping at 75 Hereford St, Forest Lodge did not meet the requirement for Design Excellence under the LEP, and hence should be refused.

Yelvertoft, 75 Hereford St, Forest Lodge (image: Phil Young)

This decision was the result of the efforts of a wide group of people, all local residents, including the Society, supported by the City Council. The proposal was for the rear of the site, on Alfred Rd, and would have had severe consequences for the Alfred Rd streetscape as well as for Yelvertoft.

Therefore it is a decision we should support strongly, and one which should be of lasting significance for Glebe and for Forest Lodge especially, which has suffered much neglect in the past. The Society will continue to support the task of identifying and listing Heritage Items in this area, and also improved efforts at protecting Forest Lodge’s streetscapes and character.