Ku-ring-gai Municipal Council
‘Craignairn’ is a substantial interwar period house constructed in 1908–1909 and reconstructed in 1937, following a fire, to virtually its original configuration and appearance. The building is located in the centre of a large site in a prominent location in Wahroonga.
A Development Application lodged with Ku-ring-gai Municipal Council proposed the erection of several residential buildings clustered around the original house. Council refused the application on the basis that the proposal would have an adverse impact on the heritage significance of ‘Craignairn’ and because of the inappropriate character of the multi-dwelling forms within the streetscape. GML was asked by the council’s solicitors to give heritage evidence in the Land and Environment Court proceedings.
The court accepted the heritage evidence provided by GML that the proposal would have had a significant adverse impact on the heritage values of the site. GML successfully argued that there were other development opportunities that could be pursued on the site, including the subdivision of land at the rear to enable two new dwellings to be built (this has subsequently occurred).