Cheers for region's prized historic home

Heritage values: Councillors Nick Katris and Leesha Payor who objected to the plan for the historic Sunnyside property. Picture: Chris Lane
Heritage values: Councillors Nick Katris and Leesha Payor who objected to the plan for the historic Sunnyside property. Picture: Chris Lane

Re the article "Historic decision: Sunnyside mansion plan refused" (Leader, October 9).

Great news! The house has become one of the best known historic buildings in this region, especially since the coverings were removed from the verandahs and it can be seen as it should be.

It's incredible to think high-rise could be allowed to be built up against a two storey house that's supposed to be preserved in the process. The house has existing rights.

Council should not be factoring the developer's profit making as a right.

How good did this panel do to see through this DA?! Keep up the good work panel. Residents need to keep up the protest!

Trevor Mellors

Fantastic! If you watch the webcast of the planning panel making the decision, you can see how the DA fell short in every way. It is a blatant overdevelopment of these blocks and a heritage item should not be effectively destroyed to increase developer profits. Great to see councillors taking a stance too.

David Duffy

Thank goodness that common sense has prevailed. There should be no more than 2-3 storeys, if any, with a sympathetic design, so as not to overshadow that beautiful building.

Lorraine Ratcliffe

Thank goodness but I'm sure they'll make a few minor changes as they did with the unit blocks around the corner and it'll be approved.

Sharon Condous

Look what they approved in John St around the corner in the middle of a suburban street it will tower over all the houses leading to Ramsgate Road.

Sylvia Poulimenos Millis

Finally the panel has made a right decision and really hope they keep to it without pressure to pass it later on. Shame they didn't stop that high monstrosity across the road that torn down some lovely homes, it's totally disgusting. Traffic in this area is getting out of control as well as losing our identity. I love that home.

Jan Callus

Yes, thankfully rejected. However seems inevitable that some type of high rise will be approved.

Nick Zantis