Benefits for data custodians

The Property Interest Report (PIR) is an information tool that delivers government and private organisations information into the hands of the public, informing them of what may impact land and property use.

More than 40 agencies have realised the benefits of a whole-of-government consolidated delivery channel to best promote their information to the widest audiences.....

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State Heritage case study for Property Interest Report

The State Heritage Office has praised Landgate's Property interest report (PIR), describing it as an "excellent product" which provides clear information about many government interests, not just those of the Heritage Council.

State Heritage Office Executive Director Graeme Gammie said: "The PIR has been well received and we are working with local governments and others to map other types of heritage interests such as local listings, so these can also be included in the report.

"We are now directing property industry inquiries about State heritage registration directly to the PIR service."

Prior to the launch of Landgate's PIR, the State Heritage Office would receive hundreds of queries every year about heritage interests on various properties. The majority of enquiries were made by settlement agents and lawyers following due diligence. Most of the queries were about places that had no heritage interest but processing those queries was very time consuming.

After the State Heritage Office advised its stakeholders about the availability of the PIR, the number of queries received decreased significantly with people opting to utilise this 'one stop shop' by ordering a report from Landgate.

The following example outlines when a PIR would have been beneficial in relation to State Heritage interests.

A developer purchased a property that was included on the Heritage Council's Assessment Program, which meant it had been identified for possible inclusion in the State Register of Heritage Places. Although the property had been assessed and the Heritage Council had been in discussions with the previous owner, this information had not been disclosed to the intended purchaser.

The sale went ahead, however, the State Heritage Office was not contacted to establish whether there was any heritage interest attached to the property before the transfer of sale occurred. The purchaser intended to develop the site, along with the adjoining lot which had no heritage interest. The development would have required some demolition, which might have been of concern to the Heritage Council.

The new owner was very surprised to find out about the heritage interest after the property had been purchased and immediately sought professional advice regarding how their plans might be impacted. They also began to discuss their proposals with the State Heritage Office. Fortunately, they wanted to keep the heritage elements of the site and use them to create a point of difference for the new development.

In this example, the outcome was favourable however there are many other scenarios when development plans could be delayed or have to be changed due to a property having a heritage interest.

Landgate's PIR provides the public with comprehensive important information about an owner's potential use and enjoyment of a property or parcel of land. An 'interest' may give rights to a land owner. It can also imply restrictions, or impose responsibilities, that could impact on an owner's intended use of the land – and that is why the PIR provides real estate professionals and the public with important information on government interests over land.

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This page was last updated on: 11 Sep 2020