The City of Fremantle's Local Planning Scheme 4 heritage list is comprised of around 2 500 places, which are of cultural heritage significance and worthy of conservation. Local Planning Scheme 4 (LPS4) also has 23 heritage areas. Both heritage listed properties and heritage areas can be found on the City's maps under the heritage module.
The heritage list, as adopted by Council, identifies each place by name and address only and does not include any other data. More information on heritage listed properties is contained within the Local Heritage Survey, or LHS (see below).
The objectives of the heritage list are to:
- facilitate the conservation of places of heritage value
- ensure that development occurs with due regard to identified heritage values in the interest of the community
Development of a heritage-protected property
The City contains several heritage-protected places, these include properties located within a heritage area and/or individually included on a heritage list. In most circumstances, development within these places requires planning approval so that the City's Heritage Department can assess the impact of a proposal on the heritage significance of a particular place. To assist in this assessment, the City refers to State Planning Policy 3.5 (SPP 3.5), which contains broad principles on historic heritage conservation. Development in heritage-protected places shall satisfy the requirements of this policy, particularly Clause 6.6 which deals with development control principles. A copy of SPP 3.5 can be downloaded via the following link:
Inclusion of a place in the heritage list does not prohibit development of the place. Instead, changes made to a place should respect and be sympathetic to the heritage values of the place. Those places listed on the State Heritage Office of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places also require approval from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. See other heritage listings for more information.
As part of the planning application process and prior to the approval of any proposal for the development of a heritage listed place, the City may prepare a heritage assessment in accordance with local planning policy 1.6 preparation of heritage assessments which identifies and considers the:
- heritage significance of the place
- impact of the proposed development on the heritage significance
- conservation needs and recommendations
If you require additional information about heritage listings, contact the Service and Information centre on 1300 693 736 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Heritage Survey (LHS)
The Local Heritage Survey (LHS) - previously Municipal Heritage Inventory (MHI) - is an ongoing database that records and provides invaluable information on heritage listed places and places of cultural heritage significance. Local governments are required under the Heritage Act 2018 to prepare and maintain a LHS to recognise the heritage importance of places to the local community.
The database records information only and does not have any legal implications for the development of land within the City of Fremantle. Information from the LHS database can be accessed online through the State Heritage Office's Inherit.
'Place' means site, area, land, landscape, building or other work, group of buildings or other works, and may include components, contents, spaces and views (Burra Charter). Therefore, the LHS and heritage list, include buildings and places such as precincts or heritage areas, sites which may include buildings which have been demolished, limestone features and landscapes including trees.
The cultural heritage significance of the places on the LHS have been determined in accordance with the Heritage Act 2018. This assessment is made based on the aesthetic, historic, scientific, social or spiritual value of a place for individuals or groups.
Under the LHS each place is assigned a management category. The management category assigned to a place is determined by the level of significance of the place i.e. exceptional, considerable or some significance and for its conservation.
Management category - Level 1a
Management Category Description (summary only) - The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of exceptional cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle. This place is entered onto the State Heritage Office of Western Australia’s Register of Heritage Places. All development applications must be referred to the State Heritage Office for approval.
Management category - Level 1b
Management Category Description (summary only) - The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of exceptional cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle and its conservation is required. It is recommended that this place be considered for entry in the Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places.
Management category - Level 2
Management Category Description (summary only) - The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of considerable cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle and its conservation is a priority.
Management category - Level 3
Management Category Description (summary only) - The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of some cultural heritage significance for its contribution to the heritage of Fremantle in terms of its individual or collective aesthetic, historic, social or scientific significance, and /or its contribution to the streetscape, local area and Fremantle. Its contribution to the urban context should be maintained and enhanced.
Management Category – Historic Record Only
Management Category Description – The City of Fremantle has identified places on this list as being of interest for historical reasons and/or structures that no longer exist. Places on this list are part of Fremantle's rich cultural heritage. Inclusion on this list will have no direct impact on development potential of these places.
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