Historic Gledswood Homestead and Winery land in danger

The land surrounding the historic Gledswood Homestead and Winery could be one step closer to development.

The Heritage Council of NSW has proposed a 20 per cent reduction of the protected land (curtilage) surrounding the heritage property at Catherine Field.

At its meeting on Tuesday, Camden Council backed the proposal but suggested a particular patch of land not be included in the reduction.

At the meeting Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak said the curtilage reduction was compliant with the conservation management plan for the site.

“I am happy for this submission to go to the heritage council,” she said.

Council officers recommended the small patch of land be maintained due to concerns any development may impact the heritage value of the site.

As it stands development up to 8.5 metres in height is allowed, and there is no requirement to use specific materials and colours consistent with the historic homestead.

Council’s recommendation is just one of many submissions provided to the Heritage Council of NSW which will make the ultimate decision on the fate of the curtilage.

The heritage listed property, built by James Chrisholm c.1830, is surrounded by 50.48 hectares of protected green space.

The proposal, if approved by the Heritage Council, will remove 11.34 hectares of designated curtilage.

If the curtilage is removed, the land owned by Caldla Pty Ltd could be developed for residential use.

Camden Historical Society president and local historian Dr Ian Willis said the land should not be reduced.

“In 2006 the state considered the land around the homestead to be essential to the properties heritage significance,” he said.

“I think the original state listing had it right.”

Dr Willis made a submission to the Heritage Council asking for the curtilage to remain as it is.

“Based on previous actions by the Heritage Council at other sites I am not positive about the outcome,” he said.

“I think the whole lot should be retained.”