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What to do if Council records wrongly record a pre WWII house as built in the 1050s?

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Dreamer
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What to do if Council records wrongly record a pre WWII house as built in the 1050s?

Can anyone provide advice? I have concerns that a house built in 1916 located on the high side of Sherwood in a character street may be either demolished or removed from this character area. There is no development application or any other record of planned building works on the BCC website. Repeated calls to council have been less than helpful, with the same Town Planner repeatedly stating the house was built in the 1950s. The 1946 photographic layer shows the house preexisting, but this was dismissed by the Town Planner as another property (which is incorrect). It has been explained to BCC that the existing house was built by the previous owner's family in 1916, but this is dismissed by council. The house was recently sold and the new owners have engaged builders whose sign if displayed. All the batterns are removed, the new front and back stairs also removed with the house now standing just on its stumps. My concern is that the house will either be demolished or removed which contravenes BCC policy for preWWII properties, but with council wrongly insisting the house is post WWII there is no one to stop the house being removed or able to question any activities to the property. Can anyone assist, as council appear unprepared to protect this pre WWII house which is in very good original condition and located  in a street of character houses, on the high side. 

Concerned Resident

Linda Conrad
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1916 house wrongly categorised as 1950's

Have you asked our Councillor Nicole Johnston for advice on this?  She would be the first person I would contact to discuss this issue.  Do you have documentary evidence of the house's age?  You have obviously already found the 1946 photographic layer of the pre-existing house, which has not been accepted by Council. Has Council given a reason why? Does the footprint of the house look very different from the present footprint of the house due to renovations?  You may have already consulted the State Library, which is an excellent resource (with old electoral rolls and telephone books) or the TROVE record of newspapers and the Oxley-Chelmer History Group.  [These suggestions may be irrelevant to you as you have obviously done a lot of research.] In any case, contacting Nicole may be helpful if you have not already done this.  

Linda Conrad
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1916 house wrongly categorised as 1950's

In order to help, Nicole Johnston would have to have the address of the house.

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