A HOME with a modern design will be built in Bathurst's heritage conservation area (HCA).
Bathurst Regional Council resolved to grant consent for the development application for a two-storey home and inground swimming pool at 235 Bentinck Street, currently a vacant block.
It was noted in the report from the Environmental, Planning and Building Services department that "the proposal contains some unconventional design elements".
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These include curved balconies around the first floor exterior, which is surrounded by retractable timber batten screening.
The property is in close proximity to a number of Heritage Items, including Centennial Park, 'Ithica' at 247 Bentinck Street and the Art Deco Apartments at 106 Rocket Street.
The potential impact on heritage was addressed in the report.
The advice to council was that it's "a contemporary, sympathetic design that displays good design principles and is a modern contribution to the future heritage portfolio of Bathurst".
It was also said that the development would enhance the heritage significance of the area, and that the setback, materiality, architectural features and retrograde second floor design will mitigate its scale within the residential area.
"The advice to council is that introduction of contemporary design provides an added layer of diversity and style to an already assorted collection of architectural typologies within the area," the report said.
"The design response respects its relationship with the surrounding buildings and their settings, whilst not trying to imitate the environment in which it sits."
Not a single councillor spoke in favour of or against the proposal before voting to approve it.
However, the five submissions received during the notification period showed people were unhappy with the proposal.
Bentinck Street residents Kay and Graham Clarke said, "Everyone who has seen the plans agrees that it is a very factory-like building, and totally out of keeping with the other houses in the street."
The Bathurst and District Branch of the National Trust also objected to the plans.
"The committee feels that the design, size and bulk of the proposed building is out of keeping with the heritage streetscape of this precinct," deputy chair Wayne Feebrey said.
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