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Heritage Listing; Does it Need to Involve All of a Title

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Customer Query:

A client sought our advice concerning the possible subdivision of his property to reduce the area that was to be Heritage Listed. The Heritage value lay only in a cottage that occupied 10% of his title.

Our Thoughts:


In general terms the land listed as Heritage needs to be defined by a survey plan registered in the Central Plan Office. It is cost prohibitive for such a plan to be prepared and land owners are rarely aware that for this reason the WHOLE of their existing title is listed (as a title is already represented by a plan registered at the Central Plan Office).


We sought clarification from the Heritage Council that they would be prepared to accept a plan prepared by this office reflecting the cottage and it's necessary surrounds. Such plan to be lodged at the Central Plan Office.

The end result is a Heritage Listing on the building that needs protecting, the balance of the clients land left free of such listing.