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Permanent protection bid for lake house

The Wendouree Parade house designed by Robin Boyd.PERMANENT protection of an architecturally designed Lake Wendouree property is a step closer, with the City of Ballarat looking to seek permission from the state government to approve a heritage overlay.
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The Lake Wendouree property – designed by Robin Boyd in 1960 – will remain standing after the City of Ballarat rejected an application to demolish the property.

The property, currently for sale at an asking price of between $1.65 million and $1.75 million, is the only example of Boyd’s work in Ballarat and one of only a few in regional Victoria.

Late last year, Ballarat councillors voted to reject an application to demolish the house, citing its prominent social, cultural and historical significance.

Described as a “visionary” of his time, Boyd was considered an Australian leader when it came to design and architecture.

A proposal to be considered by Ballarat councillors at the council meeting on Wednesday night revealed that a fast-tracked interim heritage protection overlay had already been placed on the house in February.

Internal and external heri-

tage control of the property will remain until October 31.

Ballarat council publicly exhibited an application to place permanent heritage control on the property late last year.

Three submissions were received, including two opposing the heritage protection on the property and one in support of protecting the residence from demolition but raising concerns over the internal controls proposed.

A report, to be considered by councillors on Wednesday night, recommends the council adopt an amendment to the planning scheme which places permanent protection on the house.

If this is approved, the City of Ballarat will then seek permission to solidify the move from Victorian planning minister Richard Wynne.

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