Preston Market Precinct

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Last updated 2/11/2021

For more than 50 years Preston Market has been the heart of the Preston community. But now the Market’s unique values are under threat from future development of the site.

From mid-June until mid-July, the Victorian Government (the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA)) consulted the public on planning controls which set the rules for how future redevelopment of the Preston Market and the surrounding site should occur (Planning Scheme Amendment C182).

These planning controls will have a significant impact on our community, surrounding businesses, housing, transport, and the look and feel of development in the area.

You can find out more about the draft plans and the Victorian Government’s planning process at https://vpa.vic.gov.au/project/preston/

Darebin Council does not own the Market and has no formal power to influence the planning controls for future development. That’s why Darebin Council has been calling on the Victorian Planning Minister, the Hon. Richard Wynne MP, to use his powers to change the planning process to make sure the Developer protects the Market in any future development of the site.

What's happened so far?

Council’s objectives for the Preston Market Precinct were set out in our Heart of Preston report, after extensive community engagement. This report has been shared with the VPA and the Developer of the Market site. Our objectives include:

  • Retaining the market in its current site and current form
  • Retaining the use of the market, as a place for affordable fresh and diverse food that serves the northern metropolitan community
  • Protecting the existing traders so they can continue to operate through the redevelopment and in the future.

Council has considered the Victorian Government’s (VPA) draft planning controls against our Heart of Preston vision for the Market precinct, and it falls drastically short of what we want. Council’s view is that the proposed planning rules are insensitive to the local context and the market’s heritage, and will cause overshadowing of open spaces and excessive building heights.

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Council’s submission

At the Council Meeting on 28 June, Council resolved to make a detailed submission to the VPA that is highly critical of the Victorian Government’s draft planning controls for Preston Market. Council’s submission measured the plans against the asks in the Heart of Preston report.

Council is very concerned about the draft planning rules for Preston Market, proposed by the State Government. We’re worried that:

  • 80% of the market could be demolished.
  • There is weak protection for the heritage values of the market.
  • No protection of the social and cultural functions or ongoing use of the market.
  • Existing traders are not guaranteed a future in the market.
  • The overall development proposed for this site will be too dense for this location, far too many people, and cars, for this location.

Council’s advocacy

Darebin has been strongly advocating to protect the Market in line with the wishes of the community. Council is seeking for the plans to be substantially changed to address its concerns, and then for the community to be consulted again, before proceeding with the planning scheme amendment.

Council will continue to advocate for the community and we will continue with our communication campaign to maximise participation in the State Government’s planning process.

We have received over 10,300 signatures to our petition to the Minister for Planning to Save the Preston Market, which you can still sign here: https://www.change.org/p/minister-for-planning-protect-preston-market

To stay up to date with the latest news on the fight to protect Preston Market click the 'subscribe' button at the bottom of this page.

Next Steps

The VPA received over 380 submissions during public consultation and is currently revising its draft planning controls in response to some of the issues raised.

The Minister for Planning will consider the VPA’s revised draft and will determine the next steps in the planning process, including when the Amendment and public submissions will be referred to a Standing Advisory Committee, and when a panel hearing will occur. We understand it’s likely to be early 2022.

Anyone who has written a submission to the VPA during public consultation will be able to participate in the Standing Advisory Committee process.

There is still an opportunity to positively influence the Victorian Government’s planning controls. You can still sign Darebin’s petition to Protect Preston market and you can also write to the Minister and your local MP to express your concerns. If you wrote a submission to the VPA during public consultation, we encourage you to participate in the upcoming Standing Advisory Committee hearing process.

Please contact the VPA directly if you have any questions about submissions or next steps (including the Standing Advisory Committee hearing process) at Preston@vpa.vic.gov.au




Heart of Preston

On behalf of the local community, Darebin Council is fighting to ensure everything the community loves about the market is celebrated and protected in any future development.

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, whilst the State Government’s VPA has been preparing its planning controls for the site.

The Heart of Preston sets out Council’s community-informed vision for a future Preston Market Precinct. We believe passionately that the market must remain a place for everyone, in the same location, with a liveable, safe, sustainable precinct built around it.

You can download a copy of the updated Heart of Preston report, and our Preston Market Precinct FAQs page can help clarify some common questions and misconceptions.

Last updated 2/11/2021

For more than 50 years Preston Market has been the heart of the Preston community. But now the Market’s unique values are under threat from future development of the site.

From mid-June until mid-July, the Victorian Government (the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA)) consulted the public on planning controls which set the rules for how future redevelopment of the Preston Market and the surrounding site should occur (Planning Scheme Amendment C182).

These planning controls will have a significant impact on our community, surrounding businesses, housing, transport, and the look and feel of development in the area.

You can find out more about the draft plans and the Victorian Government’s planning process at https://vpa.vic.gov.au/project/preston/

Darebin Council does not own the Market and has no formal power to influence the planning controls for future development. That’s why Darebin Council has been calling on the Victorian Planning Minister, the Hon. Richard Wynne MP, to use his powers to change the planning process to make sure the Developer protects the Market in any future development of the site.

What's happened so far?

Council’s objectives for the Preston Market Precinct were set out in our Heart of Preston report, after extensive community engagement. This report has been shared with the VPA and the Developer of the Market site. Our objectives include:

  • Retaining the market in its current site and current form
  • Retaining the use of the market, as a place for affordable fresh and diverse food that serves the northern metropolitan community
  • Protecting the existing traders so they can continue to operate through the redevelopment and in the future.

Council has considered the Victorian Government’s (VPA) draft planning controls against our Heart of Preston vision for the Market precinct, and it falls drastically short of what we want. Council’s view is that the proposed planning rules are insensitive to the local context and the market’s heritage, and will cause overshadowing of open spaces and excessive building heights.

Update in your language

ArabicChineseGreekHindi
ItalianMacedonianNepaliPunjabi
SomaliSpanishUrduVietnamese


Council’s submission

At the Council Meeting on 28 June, Council resolved to make a detailed submission to the VPA that is highly critical of the Victorian Government’s draft planning controls for Preston Market. Council’s submission measured the plans against the asks in the Heart of Preston report.

Council is very concerned about the draft planning rules for Preston Market, proposed by the State Government. We’re worried that:

  • 80% of the market could be demolished.
  • There is weak protection for the heritage values of the market.
  • No protection of the social and cultural functions or ongoing use of the market.
  • Existing traders are not guaranteed a future in the market.
  • The overall development proposed for this site will be too dense for this location, far too many people, and cars, for this location.

Council’s advocacy

Darebin has been strongly advocating to protect the Market in line with the wishes of the community. Council is seeking for the plans to be substantially changed to address its concerns, and then for the community to be consulted again, before proceeding with the planning scheme amendment.

Council will continue to advocate for the community and we will continue with our communication campaign to maximise participation in the State Government’s planning process.

We have received over 10,300 signatures to our petition to the Minister for Planning to Save the Preston Market, which you can still sign here: https://www.change.org/p/minister-for-planning-protect-preston-market

To stay up to date with the latest news on the fight to protect Preston Market click the 'subscribe' button at the bottom of this page.

Next Steps

The VPA received over 380 submissions during public consultation and is currently revising its draft planning controls in response to some of the issues raised.

The Minister for Planning will consider the VPA’s revised draft and will determine the next steps in the planning process, including when the Amendment and public submissions will be referred to a Standing Advisory Committee, and when a panel hearing will occur. We understand it’s likely to be early 2022.

Anyone who has written a submission to the VPA during public consultation will be able to participate in the Standing Advisory Committee process.

There is still an opportunity to positively influence the Victorian Government’s planning controls. You can still sign Darebin’s petition to Protect Preston market and you can also write to the Minister and your local MP to express your concerns. If you wrote a submission to the VPA during public consultation, we encourage you to participate in the upcoming Standing Advisory Committee hearing process.

Please contact the VPA directly if you have any questions about submissions or next steps (including the Standing Advisory Committee hearing process) at Preston@vpa.vic.gov.au




Heart of Preston

On behalf of the local community, Darebin Council is fighting to ensure everything the community loves about the market is celebrated and protected in any future development.

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, whilst the State Government’s VPA has been preparing its planning controls for the site.

The Heart of Preston sets out Council’s community-informed vision for a future Preston Market Precinct. We believe passionately that the market must remain a place for everyone, in the same location, with a liveable, safe, sustainable precinct built around it.

You can download a copy of the updated Heart of Preston report, and our Preston Market Precinct FAQs page can help clarify some common questions and misconceptions.

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