Milton council to discuss potential heritage designation of Thomas Bell Horse Barn

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Published December 10, 2021 at 2:29 pm

Milton Town Council is set to discuss the potential heritage designation of the Thomas Bell Horse Barn in an upcoming meeting.

The Thomas Bell Horse Barn, located at 10791 Fifth Line, is situated at the southeast corner of Fifth Line and 15th Side Rd. It is currently a listed Heritage resource in the Town Heritage Register with the residential home.

The owner submitted an application with a Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA), to demolish the residential home as well as the barn.

According to the Town of Milton, the HIA recommendation was that the residential home, as well as the barn, had lost their significant Heritage attributes. Additionally, it stated that the value of the structures had undergone significant renovation and alteration throughout the years.

Heritage Milton has since reviewed the HIA, and their advice was that the Thomas Bell Barn, was in fact worthy of designation and agreed to designate it following a discussion with the owner.

However, it was agreed that the residential home had in fact lost its significance as described in the HIA and is recommended for demolition.

Town staff’s opinion is that the designation of the Thomas Bell Horse Barn would “contribute to protecting this significant cultural heritage resource following the provisions of ‘A Place to Grow.'”

Additionally, one of Halton Region’s goals is “to protect the material, cultural, natural and built heritage of Halton for present and future generations.” Town staff believe that the designation of the barn supports this goal.

More information about the potential heritage designation for the Thomas Bell Barn will follow after it is discussed at an upcoming council meeting on Dec. 13.

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