5th April 2018
A Public Determination Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 7 February 2018 to discuss the proposed development at 44-48 Oxford St, Epping and consequentially the demolition of the cottage at No. 48 Oxford Street, Epping.
As Federal Member for Bennelong, John Alexander MP has written to the Joint Regional Planning Panel to raise the community’s concerns surrounding the proposed development. Regrettably, Mr Alexander is unable to attend the meeting due to the resumption of Parliament this week.
“As Epping transitions to its new future identity, it is important that its past is not neglected or ignored,” said Mr Alexander. “There is concern from the community that the loss of this dwelling could mean the loss of a connection to our local history. I would ask the council to make a facts based assessment of the heritage value of this property, and determine whether it does possess unique heritage value. If this is the case, I trust the panel will appropriately take into consideration any historical significance and integrity of the dwelling.”
This dwelling is next door to Mr Alexander’s electorate office, located at 44-46 Oxford St Epping, which is also affected by this proposal.
“Over recent months, local constituents have contacted my office to express their deep concerns regarding the proposed development and demolition of the dwelling,” Mr Alexander said. “Their concerns relate to overdevelopment, lack of infrastructure in place to meet the overdevelopment and the loss of Epping’s historical character.”
Mr Alexander has been a long-time advocate of preserving our community’s historical character. Mr Alexander has chaired Parliamentary committees that investigated the liveability of our cities and ways in which infrastructure can be delivered quickly and affordably, so that those areas which are developed have the infrastructure in place to meet the demand.