Planning

Permanent heritage overlay for Thornbury Park Estate - Amendment C191dare

Information about the proposed Planning Scheme Amendment C191dare for a permanent heritage overlay for Thornbury Park Estate .

A recent detailed heritage study has found the Thornbury Park Estate Precinct is of historical significance to the City of Darebin. This is because there are many good and generally intact examples of historic Interwar, Edwardian, and late Federation period homes.

Amendment C191dare proposes to implement the recommendations of the Thornbury Park Estate Precinct heritage study by applying a heritage overlay to the Thornbury Park Estate area. 

Council wants to ensure that areas of heritage value in Darebin are protected into the future. Council also has a duty to enhance and conserve heritage places under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. Increasing development pressure in the Thornbury Park Estate area has put the heritage significance of the precinct at risk. 

This is why Council has applied to the State Government for interim heritage controls (Amendment C197dare) over significant and contributory properties within Thornbury Park Estate whilst the permanent heritage controls (Amendment C191dare) are assessed. Council is still awaiting the State Government’s decision on whether it has accepted the interim heritage controls of Amendment C197dare. 

Under the Planning and Environment Act, local government is responsible for protecting local cultural heritage. These protections are covered by a heritage overlay in the planning scheme.

In general, a heritage overlay means you will need to apply for a planning permit from Council if you want to make external changes to your home (some minor buildings and works are exempt). Any new development will need to be responsive to the heritage value of the area.

Council has now put Amendment C191dare out for public exhibition from August 5, 2021 to September 17, 2021. Community members are encouraged to make a submission on the amendment during this time.

If approved by the Minister, Amendment C191dare would apply a Heritage Overlay to the Thornbury Park Estate precinct.

Each property within this area would receive a grading of how important its heritage value is to the rest of the precinct, and this grading would then affect what works would or would not require a planning permit from Council.

All property owners and occupiers within the proposed heritage precinct have been sent information about how the proposal may affect them, and how they can make a formal submission.

To view the Amendment C191dare documentation please visit the following link: 
www.planning.vic.gov.au/schemes-and-amendments/amending-a-planning-scheme/planning-documents-on-exhibition

For more information and to make a submission, visit the Your Say Darebin page.