The changing face of Beecroft?

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The pressures from development are never ending in 2119. While most Development Applications present no issues, there are some that really stir up the community. The latest one is at 6 – 8 Malton Road for an over 55s development. (DA/1257/2016)

A developer has lodged a DA to knock down No 6 and 8 Malton Road and replace them with eight over 55s, two storey and single level houses. These houses are large and modern in their design. The front setback of the first two houses will be brought forward to less than nine metres (the setback of the existing houses is 16 metres). Surrounding houses have a setback of 15m and 13m.

No 6 Malton Road is an inter-war house, built in 1941. It is a contributory item to Malton Road heritage, especially valuable as it was designed by C. Bruce Dellit, architect of the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park. Bruce Dellit was a pioneer of art deco styling in Sydney.

No 8 Malton Road is a Federation bungalow built in 1914. It is commonly thought that the house was designed and built by William Nixon, the architect who lived at the time at No 12 Malton Road. No 8 is unique in its styling, featuring a distinctive chimney with a herringbone motif and a large wrap around balcony. Due to its history and uniqueness of design, it is also a contributory item to Malton Road’s heritage.

This proposed development will certainly change the look and feel of Malton Road which is a significant heritage street to the district. What do you think of the proposal?

_____________________________________________________________________Kent Ross is the President of the Beecroft Civic District Trust. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Trust. Email him at president@2119.org.au

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