Similar concerns were raised by Nicholas Dettmann, who called the proposed build “undesirable”.
“Too few of the fine Federation houses that gave their distinctive character to this part of Neutral Bay survive, and the community cannot afford to lose any more of them,” he said in a submission.
An artists impression of the apartment block set to replace 53-55 Yeo St, Neutral Bay.
Dr Andrew Holland described the existing homes as “beautiful”, “structurally sound”, and of “heritage design” and cited issues with traffic if the development goes ahead.
“There is already extreme traffic congestion along Yeo Street, especially close to the junction with Wycombe Road,” he wrote.
“Further increase in local population density and traffic would further exacerbate this problem.”
Vin Commercial sold 53-55 Yeo St in 2022, describing it as “an incredible acquisition” for their client.
Former NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research Jillian Skinner agreed.
“I represented the area in the NSW Parliament for 23 years and made many representations about traffic impact in the area,” she wrote.
“Additional traffic would create even greater havoc, particularly on Yeo Street, where traffic can be backed up between Wycombe and Rangers Road, especially when large deliveries are made to Woolworths via the lane across the road.”
At a community information meeting held last November, Developers Pierce Property confirmed construction would take up to three years, with completed apartments to sell for around $3 million each.
The two homes ear marked for demolition can be seen in pink. Image: Vin Commercial
A heritage assessment compiled by Weir Phillips and submitted with the Development Application states 53 Yeo St – also known as “Wyvern” – was built in 1913.
Neighbouring 55 Yeo St – also known as “Thredbo” – was built in 1909.
“The subject dwellings were built during a period of growth on the North Shore,” the report reads.
“Between 1881 and 1895, the population of the North Shore grew from 7,000 people to 25,000 people, an increase brought about by the numerous subdivisions that occurred during these years and by improved transportation and services. Growth continued into the Federation period.”