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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (10 February) . . Page.. 56..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

An identified place has heritage protection once it is included on the interim heritage places register. Provided there are no outstanding appeals, it can then be referred to ACTPLA for inclusion on the heritage places register and appendix 5 of the territory plan. This, of course, triggers the draft variation process and the interim register has effect during the draft variation process.

Under part 6 of the land act, development applications in heritage areas are assessed against relevant requirements in the heritage places register or the interim heritage places register and referred to the Heritage Council for advice. The draft variation and development processes have proceeded in accordance with the provisions of the act. The Whitley houses are located in areas where medium-density residential development is permissible under the territory plan. They are close to important transport corridors, commercial areas and employment centres, and it is therefore desirable to allow the sites to be developed at higher densities.

The Heritage Council has agreed that the sites can accommodate additional development while preserving the heritage significance of the houses. The specific requirements in the heritage register have been prepared on this basis. ACTPLA has been consulting with the Heritage Council to promote development solutions that not only protect the heritage values of the houses, but also achieve the strategic objectives of the territory plan.

The committee's second recommendation was that the government implement a simplified framework that provides greater clarity and accelerates the approval and appeal processes associated with entering places onto the heritage places register. The Heritage Council is currently reviewing the listing process with a view to simplifying the procedures involved in heritage registrations. ACTPLA is continuing to work with the council in this regard. The committee's third recommendation was that the government proceed with the implementation of draft variation 217 and to amend the written statement on the territory plan. I commend the variation to members.

Lease variations

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to section 216A-Schedules-Leases granted, together with lease variations and change of use charges for the period 1 October 2003 to 31 December 2003.

I ask for leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, section 216A of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 specifies that a statement be tabled in the Legislative Assembly outlining details of leases granted by direct grant, leases granted to community organisations, leases granted for less than market value and leases granted over public land. The schedules I have tabled cover leases granted for the period 1 October 2003 to


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