SENDING a message that developers can't bulldoze their way through communities, the NSW Land and Environment Court has rejected an appeal against an Interim Heritage Order on 73 The Boulevarde, Dulwich Hill.
The appeal was lodged over the Interim Heritage Order that Inner West Council placed on the property earlier this year thanks to local residents who had raised concern.
The six-month order prevented the demolition of the 1920s California style home which the developer wanted to turn into luxury apartments.
Inner West Council took out the Interim Heritage Order so it could carry out heritage assessments and make an informed decision on the long-term future of the property.
Councillor Mark Drury said he was made aware of the issue when he was approached by locals worried a "nice old Dulwich Hill home" was about to be demolished.
"I was a bit surprised the building wasn't already heritage listed, so I sought the advice of council staff to see how we could protect it," he said.
"I'd like to thank the local residents and the council officers who worked on the case so that we can now have a proper look at its heritage significance.
"We need to work out how to better protect the things we love about Dulwich Hill and I hope we can use the Local Environment Plan to do just that."
Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne welcomed the court's decision.
"This is huge win for Dulwich Hill. Developers can't destroy the buildings that give the Inner West its unique character," he said.