ONE of the oldest buildings in Rankin Street will be demolished under plans currently before Bathurst Regional Council.
A report to council by environmental, planning and building services director Richard Denyer says a previous development application for 357 Rankin Street in 2015 was rejected based on the proposed “bulk and size” and because it was not sympathetic to the Heritage Conservation Area.
But new plans seeking to knock down the existing 1860-1875 cottage and replace it with a new single-storey dwelling have been more warmly received.
The cottage stands on a 2134 square metre block with four separate dwellings at the rear of the lot.
The DA also seeks to subdivide the land so the new house would be standing on its own 600 square metre block.
“The building is a good representation of an 1860-1875 cottage,” the report states.
“Whilst the building has a high BCAMS [Bathurst Conservation Area Management Strategy] rating, it is acknowledged that the building is in a state of disrepair.
“The proposed replacement dwelling contributes well to the streetscape and reflects the scale and character of the existing dwelling.”
A Historical Assessment submitted to council says the existing dwelling “may be one of the oldest buildings in this area” but says most of its original fabric has been damaged or obscured.
Council planning staff have recommended the redevelopment be approved. Councillors will vote on the DA on Wednesday night.