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Planning reform and heritage conservation: debating the greater good in historic Battery Point, Tasmania

Guy, AJ and Stratford, E ORCID: 0000-0001-6273-493X 2018 , 'Planning reform and heritage conservation: debating the greater good in historic Battery Point, Tasmania' , Australian Planner , pp. 1-15 , doi:

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This work is concerned with the merits of old and new, the pursuit of happiness and prosperity,and both self-interest and the public interest. Debates about each of these gain expression inthe Benthamite idea of utility – that is, efforts to maximise the greatest good for the greatestnumber over time, which are foundational, if contested parts of planning. We seek to showthe influence of this idea in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, focusing on Battery Point’s heritageconservation and urban development. We evaluate the effect of planning schemesdeveloped in the 1960s and 1970s, describe state-wide reforms that led in 2015 to thesupersession of the 1979 scheme, and assess its efficacy in relation to utility. Stakeholderinterviews undertaken in 2015 reveal divergent views about the form development takes,residential amenity, non-residential development, public places, administration, andparticipation. Considered in relation to Hobart’s planning history and the philosophiesunderpinning it, our analysis suggests there is both widespread commitment to the preceptsof utility and ongoing variation in how it is interpreted. Our work leads us to conclude thatthe case has wider salience for Australian planning and its many heritage precincts, wheredebates about the future of the past continue to challenge us.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Guy, AJ and Stratford, E
Keywords: planning reform, heritage conservation, happiness and prosperity, self-interest and public interest, Hobart, Tasmania, Hobart
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Planner
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0729-3682
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