Church threatened

Chatswood South Uniting Church

Chatswood South Uniting Church. site

A development application has been lodge for the site on the corner of Mowbray Road West and the Pacific Highway. The developer is asking permission for 40 new units and 90 carpark spaces under a $21.1 million plan lodged to Lane Cove Council.

The church is the oldest Methodist church still standing on the north shore. It was built 149 years ago was the first built in Lane Cove and is the oldest Methodist church still standing on Sydney’s north shore. At the time the current Lane Cove Council area was a Ward of Willoughby City Council. The church is on the State Heritage register and has a wonderful pipe organ. Behind the church is a graveyard with plots of early pioneers including the Forsythe, Bryson and French families.

This parcel of land has additional significance. The original township of Chatswood formed around the intersection of Mowbray Road West and the Pacific Highway. Bryson’s house was on the north-west corner with the Mowbray House school (still standing) nearby next to the Holy Trinity church (removed to Dalrymple Ave. The heritage listed Great Norther Hotel is on the south west corner with the site of Willoughby’s first water storage on the north-east.

The developer is proposing to demolish all the other buildings on the site which will be sub-divided.

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