CH Smith Decision Applauded
The Tasmanian Heritage Council has welcomed the Launceston City Council’s decision to approve the development of the CH Smith site in Launceston.
'The Heritage Council would like to congratulate, Mr Errol Stewart and Mr Scott Curran, for the time, care and effort they have put into preparing such a considered proposal, which we were pleased to approve at our last meeting held on 21 December 2016,' said Ms Brett Torossi, Chair.
'This is an excellent outcome for the CH Smith site, and Launceston, given the site has had a rather chequered history. This development is also an excellent example of how the adaptive reuse of heritage can enhance a development and help to achieve a contemporary design solution.
'This is a good example of how our Works Guidelines and the free pre-lodgement advice offered to property owners and developers by Heritage Tasmania can be used to help to facilitate development, and at the same time ensure a place’s heritage values are recognised.
‘It is an excellent example of how a private proponent can work in conjunction with local and State Government officials to find a contemporary outcome for a contentious site and deliver a solution that will benefit Launceston and an early and important set of important heritage buildings.'
The CH Smith site is an interesting and important site that reflects Launceston’s role as an early port city. It contains one of Launceston's earliest buildings, an 1830s warehouse, and a fine collection of buildings that face Charles Street and represent a number of important architectural eras.