Stronger heritage protection in Colonel Light Gardens

Heritage protection in Colonel Light Gardens will be strengthened under planning reforms and updated heritage guidelines – both of which are now out for public consultation.

South Australia’s new planning system will update the guidelines for State Heritage Areas (SHA), including those specific to Colonel Light Gardens.

Under these reforms, State Heritage protections will be strengthened, with the role of the Heritage Minister elevated in the development assessment process.

There will also be a new Overlay to protect SHAs, including Colonel Light Gardens. This Overlay ensures that development within Colonel Light Gardens is managed in a way that maintains the garden suburb's historic significance.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the Marshall Liberal Government is committed to protecting South Australia’s heritage areas.

“Colonel Light Gardens holds the distinction of being Australia’s most complete example of an early 1900s garden suburb, and is a designated State Heritage Area,” Minister Speirs said.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is committed to conserving heritage in South Australia and I encourage the residents of Colonel Light Gardens and others with an interest in this State Heritage Area to have your say on the updated guidelines.”

Minister for Planning Vickie Chapman said the planning reforms will ensure the character of Colonel Light Gardens remains intact.

“Heritage guidelines are in place to guide appropriate development, compatible with the heritage values of the area, and the proposed reforms will strengthen these protections,” Minister Chapman said.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is undertaking generational reform of South Australia’s planning system and heritage protection remains a crucial part of this.”

Member for Elder Carolyn Power said heritage protection is an important issue for local residents.

“Colonel Light Gardens has a proud heritage history which dates back more than 100 years,” Ms Power said.

“Many residents have bought houses in the area because of the garden suburb’s heritage significance so it’s important the appropriate protections are in place.

“I will continue to work closely with residents, City of Mitcham and both Minister Speirs and Minister Chapman to protect this world-renowned suburb.”

The updated Heritage Guidelines (Colonel Light Gardens State Heritage Area) will be open for public consultationuntil 1 February, 2021.

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The draft Planning and Design Code will be open for public consultation until December 18, 2020.

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