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Last updated 21/10/2020


The State Government and the market landowner are making plans to change Preston Market and the site around it and to provide new housing, jobs and shops.

The State Government is reviewing the town planning requirements for the precinct. This review will result in new planning controls including a new structure plan – which set out requirements for any future development.

Council has been working intensively to ensure the voice of the community is heard throughout this review. We’re working hard to ask the State Government and developer to protect critical elements, including the market’s unique identity, its heritage, and its existing traders before, during and after redevelopment.

The community can contact the State Government’s project team at the Victorian Planning Authority or subscribe for State Government updates on the project on their website, or write to the Minister for Planning.



Latest news - Fast-track announcement by State Government

Read FAQs on the fast-track process here.

On 11 August 2020 the State Government nominated the planning control review of the Preston Market Precinct for ‘fast-tracking’. Council was not consulted or informed of this decision beforehand.

The State Government nominated 19 urban renewal and strategic site VPA projects, including Preston Market, to be fast-tracked to facilitate development in response to the COVID-19 crisis and economic recovery.

Council conveyed its concerns to the State Government and asked for full details of the new fast-track process, to ensure the things that are important to our community are included in the planning controls and ensure there is proper consultation throughout the process.

The State Government responded stating the new fast-track process for the Preston Market Precinct will include:

  • a briefing to Councillors following the election

  • a tailored community engagement process on the structure plan and accompanying planning scheme amendment

  • the opportunity to be referred to the VPA Projects Standing Advisory Committee (where appropriate)

  • additional resources, effort and priority from the VPA and across government.

They also outlined they intend to remove an earlier stage of check-in consultation with the community they had previously committed to.

We remain concerned a fast-track process could compromise on what’s important to protect at the Preston Market Precinct, such as genuine community consultation, protecting the existing traders, protecting the market’s unique cultural and architectural heritage, and ensuring fresh affordable food for the community.

Council will continue to voice their concerns to the State Government and call on the State Government to recommit working with the community and Council on this site including that:

  • the community will be given the opportunity to comment on the plans before they go through the formal planning consultation process. The VPA promised the community this opportunity during the last round of community engagement. This promise must be kept.

  • consultation is at the right time and in the right way so that our business and multicultural community can participate properly – especially considering the impacts of COVID-19

  • the market is protected as a living market, including long-term support for the existing traders, commitment to protect and continue the market use, and protection of the unique identity of the market including its heritage elements. Council has outlined these in detail in it’s ‘Heart of Preston’ document, to recognise the fact the Preston Market Precinct is an inner-city precinct full of rich history, heritage, culture and community, as well as the engine room of the local economy.

The Minister has expressly directed that the Victorian Planning authority work in partnership with Council and the local community. Council has worked alongside the VPA for the past two years in good faith to enable the community’s voice to be at the centre of this project and to advocate for what’s important to protect the market. This isn’t a fast or easy process, but it would get better outcomes than a fast-track process, outcomes the Preston Market Precinct deserves.


Heart of Preston

Council are fighting to ensure everything the community loves about the market is celebrated and protected in any new plans. We have been working intensively over the last two years to understand what the community loves most about Preston Market and what is most important to protect as the precinct is planned by the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) and developed by the landowner.

Council’s endorsed objectives and key elements set out the things that must happen for a future Preston Market Precinct to be a place for everyone, and create a liveable, safe, sustainable precinct. The objectives and key elements of the Heart of Preston will be used as a tool to assess any future plans or development proposals and identify any risks to the viability or character of the market, or suboptimal planning outcomes for the broader precinct. Council is calling for a package of strong protections to be built into the planning process.

Council’s endorsed position is available in our Heart of Preston document, and our Preston Market Precinct FAQs page can help clarify some common questions and misconceptions.




Last updated 21/10/2020


The State Government and the market landowner are making plans to change Preston Market and the site around it and to provide new housing, jobs and shops.

The State Government is reviewing the town planning requirements for the precinct. This review will result in new planning controls including a new structure plan – which set out requirements for any future development.

Council has been working intensively to ensure the voice of the community is heard throughout this review. We’re working hard to ask the State Government and developer to protect critical elements, including the market’s unique identity, its heritage, and its existing traders before, during and after redevelopment.

The community can contact the State Government’s project team at the Victorian Planning Authority or subscribe for State Government updates on the project on their website, or write to the Minister for Planning.



Latest news - Fast-track announcement by State Government

Read FAQs on the fast-track process here.

On 11 August 2020 the State Government nominated the planning control review of the Preston Market Precinct for ‘fast-tracking’. Council was not consulted or informed of this decision beforehand.

The State Government nominated 19 urban renewal and strategic site VPA projects, including Preston Market, to be fast-tracked to facilitate development in response to the COVID-19 crisis and economic recovery.

Council conveyed its concerns to the State Government and asked for full details of the new fast-track process, to ensure the things that are important to our community are included in the planning controls and ensure there is proper consultation throughout the process.

The State Government responded stating the new fast-track process for the Preston Market Precinct will include:

  • a briefing to Councillors following the election

  • a tailored community engagement process on the structure plan and accompanying planning scheme amendment

  • the opportunity to be referred to the VPA Projects Standing Advisory Committee (where appropriate)

  • additional resources, effort and priority from the VPA and across government.

They also outlined they intend to remove an earlier stage of check-in consultation with the community they had previously committed to.

We remain concerned a fast-track process could compromise on what’s important to protect at the Preston Market Precinct, such as genuine community consultation, protecting the existing traders, protecting the market’s unique cultural and architectural heritage, and ensuring fresh affordable food for the community.

Council will continue to voice their concerns to the State Government and call on the State Government to recommit working with the community and Council on this site including that:

  • the community will be given the opportunity to comment on the plans before they go through the formal planning consultation process. The VPA promised the community this opportunity during the last round of community engagement. This promise must be kept.

  • consultation is at the right time and in the right way so that our business and multicultural community can participate properly – especially considering the impacts of COVID-19

  • the market is protected as a living market, including long-term support for the existing traders, commitment to protect and continue the market use, and protection of the unique identity of the market including its heritage elements. Council has outlined these in detail in it’s ‘Heart of Preston’ document, to recognise the fact the Preston Market Precinct is an inner-city precinct full of rich history, heritage, culture and community, as well as the engine room of the local economy.

The Minister has expressly directed that the Victorian Planning authority work in partnership with Council and the local community. Council has worked alongside the VPA for the past two years in good faith to enable the community’s voice to be at the centre of this project and to advocate for what’s important to protect the market. This isn’t a fast or easy process, but it would get better outcomes than a fast-track process, outcomes the Preston Market Precinct deserves.


Heart of Preston

Council are fighting to ensure everything the community loves about the market is celebrated and protected in any new plans. We have been working intensively over the last two years to understand what the community loves most about Preston Market and what is most important to protect as the precinct is planned by the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) and developed by the landowner.

Council’s endorsed objectives and key elements set out the things that must happen for a future Preston Market Precinct to be a place for everyone, and create a liveable, safe, sustainable precinct. The objectives and key elements of the Heart of Preston will be used as a tool to assess any future plans or development proposals and identify any risks to the viability or character of the market, or suboptimal planning outcomes for the broader precinct. Council is calling for a package of strong protections to be built into the planning process.

Council’s endorsed position is available in our Heart of Preston document, and our Preston Market Precinct FAQs page can help clarify some common questions and misconceptions.