RESIDENTS are concerned a duplex development next to the historic Endrim estate will drastically diminish the heritage value of one of Parramatta's "oldest and greatest" buildings.
On June 23, Parramatta council approved an application lodged in January to construct a two-storey duplex on lot 5 of 54 Sorrell Street, North Parramatta, fronting Harold Street.
Lots 1-4 of the site are state-heritage listed and contain the 1855 Georgian-style manor, its associated buildings and surrounds, including a front gate and old stables.
Until March, the council had identified lot 5 as of heritage significance and part of Endrim under "schedule 5 environmental heritage" in its Local Environmental Plan (LEP). But on March 21, a "housekeeping amendment" removed lot 5 from the local heritage register in the LEP.
Harold Street resident Denise Pugh, 61, said the council's own heritage classification of lot 5 had been "ignored over time" and said objectors' concerns were not clearly addressed.
"There's been no comment about heritage whatsoever," Ms Pugh said.
She said Endrim was well balanced by its surrounding land but the development application (DA) would carve a "great chunk" from next to its driveway and would damage the building's aesthetic value.
During the council meeting, Crs Andrew Wilson and James Shaw unsuccessfully moved to reject the DA and heritage list the area. Cr Pierre Esber also unsuccessfully sought to defer the matter for three weeks. The DA was approved on the votes of lord mayor John Chedid and Crs Scott Lloyd, Bakous Makari, Jean Abood, Bob Dwyer, Steven Issa, Paul Garrard, John Hugh and Scott Lloyd.
A council spokesman said lot 5 does not have heritage significance and its delisting was consistent with the state heritage listing for Endrim, which only identified lots 1-4.