In November 2022, the developer returned fire, lodging a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) with authorities, which would allow them to commence demolition works within two weeks.
But that bold plan hit more trouble, when North Sydney Council then called an extraordinary meeting, placing an Interim Heritage Order on numbers 50, 52, 54, 56, 70, 72, 78 and 80 Parraween St.
“This is an unusual call for a meeting, but it is well justified because of the need for us to protect the scale, the character, and the heritage significance of Parraween St,” North Sydney Mayor Zoe Baker said at the time.
North Sydney Councillor James Spenceley calls the real estate listing “an early win” for the Cremorne community.
Councillor James Spenceley, who’s been instrumental in the fight against Pathways, told Mosman Collective he was “thrilled” to learn the site was on the market.
“Having campaigned on saving the 23 Federation and Victorian cottages, this looks like it’s moved from the “hard basket” firmly into the “too hard basket” for Pathways Cremorne, who were trying to demolish the buildings,” Mr Spenceley said.
“But while it’s an early win for keeping our local heritage and streetscape, it’s not the final battle.”
Fiona Gracie said the potential sale of the Parraween St site is “a welcomed development” in the long running saga.
Fiona Gracie, Founding Member of the Cremorne Conservation Group, told Mosman Collective she welcomed the news of a potential Parraween St property sale.
“It is a welcomed development of a major ongoing issue that has deeply affected the local community for more than three years,” Ms Gracie said.
“During that time, there has been tremendous community support to preserve the cottages along Parraween Street.”
“This support has been driven by a petition with over 770 written signatures, multiple submissions to Council and representation at Council meetings to investigate and, if found to be of heritage significance, to list the properties on the local heritage register.”
“The Council listened to the community and acted.”
Ms Gracie said she would like to see “sympathetic development” of the adjacent cottages that “support and enhance the character of the Parraween streetscape.”
“The majority of the cottages are visible from the Hayden Orpheum Theatre which is currently being assessed by State Heritage,” she said. “These listings would be a wonderful outcome for the local community and the broader population of the Sydney region that regularly come to Parraween Street for dining and entertainment.”
Interim Heritage Orders have been placed on many of the Parraween St properties.
A plan to rezone the area R3 (medium density housing) is now in the works, which will ensure properties on Parraween St will not be “dwarfed” by modern developments, Ms Gracie said.
“We are very hopeful that the Planning Proposal will be approved for Gateway Determination by the State Government, which will mean that the cottages will be locally heritage listed and the site rezoned to R3,” she said.
“To be completely transparent, the sale of this site should highlight the existence of the Planning Proposal to prospective developers.”