Church precinct could be listed

Significant: The St John's Anglican Church precinct could be listed on the State Heritage Register after the public exhibition period closes on November 8.

Significant: The St John's Anglican Church precinct could be listed on the State Heritage Register after the public exhibition period closes on November 8.

Residents will have their chance to support the inclusion of the St John’s Anglican Church precinct on the State Heritage Register with experts placing the site on public exhibition.

The Office of Environment and Heritage last week declared its intention to consider listing the precinct, which takes in the church building, the horse paddocks and the historic rectory.

The site came on public exhibition today and public sentiment will help determine if the precinct will indeed be listed on the register.

“If the precinct is listed this will mean that any future developments on site will need approval from the Heritage Council of NSW who will consider the impact of the development on the heritage significance of the site, in addition to any other approvals, such as the local council,” an environment and heritage spokeswoman said.

“The exhibition period allows the public to provide comments and feedback on the draft heritage listing and, overall, express their support for or against the proposed listing. The Heritage Council of NSW values the public’s input and all submissions will be considered in making the final decision.”

The Heritage Council’s eventual decision will be of great significance to locals as St John’s management investigate the possibility of selling the horse paddocks and rectory.

The State Heritage Register committee’s draft statement of significance noted the historic value of the precinct.

“St John’s Anglican Church Precinct is potentially of state heritage significance as a group of ecclesiastical buildings set in a beautiful landscape setting comprised of mature and exotic tree plantings and open grassed slopes,” the statement read.

“[St John’s is] part of a triumvirate of significant points in the landscape, along with Camden Park House and the township of Camden and it also expresses the power structures the Macarthur family wished to instil in the local community they were creating in the early 19th century.

“Potential historical connections render this church precinct as a remarkable, picturesquely located and historic place of Anglican worship in a state context.”

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