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IT may be a case of all the way back to square one with Warwick's Plumbs Chambers site on Fitzroy St, with a fresh demolition application likely to be required.

As reported, a court decision late last year in favour of heritage campaigner John Barnes meant owner the McConaghy Group was ordered to retain the rear section of the sandstone building at 84 Fitzroy, with an earlier condition that it had to restore that building before it could knock down the timber one next door at 82.

But legal advice obtained by Mr Barnes, who owns the historic Canning Downs stud at Junabee, is that the decision in the Planning and Environment renders null and void an earlier State Government approval to demolish 82 Fitzroy.

The Daily News understands if that is the case, the heritage wing of the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) will be required to write to Southern Downs Regional Council to that effect, and that the McConaghy Group would need to re-apply to DERM to demolish the building.

A council spokeswoman yesterday confirmed they were seeking advice "from the relevant authorities".

"We understand that it (a fresh application) may be required but we are awaiting confirmation either way," the spokeswoman said.

The Plumbs buildings stand in the way of a planned expansion of the McConaghy Group-owned Rose City Shoppingworld.

The older building at 82 Fitzroy is thought to be the oldest shop in Queensland and is State heritage listed, but was left off the former Warwick Shire Council's heritage list.


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