Dr Kent’s Paddock Confirmed as a State Heritage Place
The SA Heritage Council has confirmed the provisional entry of Dr Kent’s Paddock Housing Complex in the South Australian Heritage Register under criterion a) and g) of Section 16 of the Heritage Places Act 1993. The Institute is very pleased that this notable example of social housing designed by Newell Platten has been recognised. The development remains an exemplar for medium density infill housing and was designed with consideration of community, environmental performance, privacy and access to landscaped space. Dr Kent’s Paddock continues to be much loved by residents, who value the liveability and amenity provided.
The provisional listing was for criteria a) only, with Stage 1 of the Dr Kent’s Paddock development demonstrating the South Australian Housing Trust’s transition from provider of homes for workers to become the primary provider of social housing in South Australia. Listing against criteria g) was added due to the association of the project with Newell Platten during his time as Chief Architect at the SA Housing Trust.
There was considerable public interest in the listing, with 38 written submissions received by the Council during the consultation period. The Institute provided a submission to the Council recommending listing and followed this up with a letter to Deputy Premier Susan Close arguing that the consideration of community benefit should include the benefits of retaining the development as well as those that might be gained by redevelopment of the site.
For more information about this place, the Heritage Summary of State Heritage Place document can be downloaded below.