New Plymouth

PHOTO: GLENN JEFFRE YA 1914 built brick bungalow on Devon St, New Plymouth, will be demolished after the owners considered it was too much of an earthquake risk to save.

The planned demolition of three of New Plymouth’s old buildings has dismayed a heritage group fighting to retain the city’s historical character.

Heritage Taranaki (HT) say the buildings, erected between 1896 and 1929, have significant cultural and architectural value.

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However the individual property owners say all steps had been taken to try and save the buildings, including removal, before the final decision was made.

Demolition of the buildings – located at Devon St, Lemon St and Vivian St – has been held back by the Covid-19 alert level 4 lockdown but future development is confirmed as a carpark, townhouses, and apartments respectively.