A frantic phone call from a colleague out west saw us making a beeline towards Penrith. Council was rejecting an application for a workers cottage on a nearby farm because the site contained a heritage listed farm house. The implication was for no further development on the site. Devistating news for the client.
Nigel met his colleage and the client on site. The heritage listing was for “a federation farm house and associated out building.” He spent an hour investigating the farm house and it was clear that the house-proud client, who had owned and farmed the property for over thirty years, had maintained the house in perfect condition. Things were not looking good for the client.
Almost as an afterthought, Nigel asked to see the “associated out building” and was shown a structure covered in Lantana and Blackberry. It was barely visible at all. Ordering a farm hand to clear away some of the weeds revealed a robust brick building. It was a colonial cottage, a good fifty years older than the federation farm house. This had to be investigated further.