State Government Steps In, Protects Lamb House From Development

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The Queensland Government has stepped in to protect the heritage-listed Lamb House in Kangaroo Point, as it approves the Council’s request for a temporary local planning instrument (TLPI) .

The State Government has approved Brisbane City Council’s request for a TLPI to protect the run-down house and its grounds located at 9 Leopard Street in Kangaroo Point from being developed — it being situated on a low-medium density residential zone — and preserve its existing characteristics.

“Preserving our capital city’s heritage is important to all Queenslanders,” Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick said. 

“Lamb House is a prominent feature on the Kangaroo Point cliffs and an incredible reminder of how the inner city once was.

“Fast-tracking this TLPI will provide extra protection and certainty as quickly as possible.

“This TLPI will preserve not only the house but also the extensive grounds it rests on, so the integrity of the property and its streetscape values will both be maintained,” Mr Dick said.

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Lamb House
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The historic Lamb House is a two-storey residence that was built in the 1900s for John Lamb by builder  W Anthony and designed by Brisbane architect Alexander Brown Wilson. The house was entered in the Queensland Heritage Register in October 1992.

The Council was prompted to seek approval of a Temporary Local Planning Instrument and save “Home” from any development after learning that a developer is currently eyeing the property.

The approval of the TLPI means that the Lamb House and its grounds will be protected from any infill development for a period of up to two years beginning 11 June 2019.

“During this time, we will continue to work with council to ensure the right planning protections are in place to prevent future development on the site,” Mr Dick said. 

“Places like Lamb House allow Queenslanders to reflect on their built history,” Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said.

“They hold stories of another era within their structure, and as our state evolves it’s important we have these landmarks to remind us of the past.”