What is on exhibition?

    The exhibition includes a planning proposal which aims to include seven pubs in Paddington as heritage items in the Woollahra LEP 2014, along with an accompanying draft DCP aiming to update the existing objectives and controls relating to pub buildings in the Paddington Heritage Conservation Area. 

    A detailed description of the heritage significance of each pub is included in the supporting documents to the planning proposal, particularly the Heritage Inventory Sheets. 

    Why is Council implementing these changes?

    The planning proposal and draft DCP have been prepared in response to a resolution of Council, adopted on 21 May 2018, that Council staff carry out a study of hotels in Paddington to determine and establish more specific conservation controls (the Paddington Pub Project).

    The Paddington Pub Project study included a recommendation to Council on how to protect all pubs in the Paddington Heritage Conservation Area to the same standard. It also involved exploring what mechanisms (including but not limited to amending the Woollahra Development Control Plan 2015 (the DCP)) are available to ensure that existing controls and protection that currently apply to pubs continue to apply regardless of any change in use. 

    Please refer to the Exhibition Documents for further detail on Council’s resolution.

    What is a Local Environmental Plan (LEP)?

    An LEP or ‘local environmental plan’ is Council’s main legal document for controlling development and guiding planning decisions made by Council to ensure that growth and development occurs in a planned and coordinated manner consistent with Council and community expectations and needs.

    An LEP contains land use zones which establish where residential, commercial, recreation and other uses can occur. It has development controls for buildings and land, including controls for height, floor space, subdivision and lot size. An LEP also provides protection for trees, heritage items, heritage conservation areas and environmentally sensitive areas.

    An LEP is made by Council in consultation with the community, and approved by the Minister for Planning, according to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

    It is reviewed every 7 to 10 years to ensure that the LEP is forward looking and suitably addresses current and emerging planning issues.

    A copy of the Woollahra LEP 2014 can be found here: Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 2014

    What is a Development Control Plan (DCP)?

    A DCP contains detailed planning and building design guidelines for new development and for alterations and additions to existing development. It is a document prepared by Council to guide people when they propose to carry out development. It is also used by Council when assessing and determining development applications.

    The DCP that applies to the Woollahra Municipality is Woollahra Development Control Plan 2015.

    An overarching objective of the DCP is to give effect to the aims of the Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 2014and facilitate development with reference to the unique characteristics of the area where development is proposed.

    Who will be affected by the proposed changes?

    The proposed changes affect the land owner of each of the seven pubs identified in the study and may affect surrounding owners in the Paddington Heritage Conservation Area if they wish to carry out development in the vicinity of the proposed heritage item.

    How can I share my views on the planning proposal and draft DCP?

    The public exhibition period for this planning proposal and draft development control plan has closed.

    Written submissions were able to be lodged between Wednesday 26 August – Friday 2 October 2020

    What happens to my submission?

    Your input will help inform Council decision making and shape the future of Woollahra. All submissions received during public exhibition will be reviewed and reported to the Environmental Planning Committee and to a Council meeting.


    The supply of personal information is voluntary. If personal information is not provided, Council may be limited in dealing with a submission. Submissions, summaries of submissions, and/or names and addresses of people making submissions may be included in publicly available reports to Council or Committee Meetings.

    Please note that, in accordance with section 18(1)(b) of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW), you are advised that all submissions received by Council in relation to any matter will be placed on the appropriate Council file and may be disclosed to Councillors, Council Officers, consultants to Council or members of the public.

    Pursuant to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) the Council may be obliged to allow inspection of its documents, including any submissions you may make.