Preston Market Precinct

Heritage Victoria and the Victorian Heritage Council have both recommended the market does not have state heritage significance and that it not be included in the Victorian Heritage Register.

The Heritage Council panel asked the VPA to look further at the submissions it received requesting protection for the market and to consider whether local heritage controls might be appropriate. The heritage of the market including the recommendations of the Heritage Council will be a consideration in the preparation of the planning scheme amendment for a structure plan by the VPA. The VPA will continue to consult with council and community as the structure plan is developed.

VPA has commissioned heritage advice including reviewing submissions to the Heritage Council and is considering how planning controls should reflect the market’s local heritage values (the cultural heritage and the building fabric).

The most important objective is to secure the future of the market’s operation. Heritage is a key matter in achieving this goal, along with ensuring that the wider precinct is a vibrant and welcoming place with sustainable design, affordable and diverse housing, jobs, places to meet family and friends, quality open spaces, car parking, and better walking and cycling connections.

At the Council meeting on 14 October, Council considered the recent Heritage Council of Victoria’s (HCV) determination. A copy of the HCV report is available for download on the Heritage Council of Victoria website (External link) and from our document library.

Council has always recognised the social heritage significance of the site, and has continued to work to protect the unique characteristics of the market. Council developed The Heart of Preston document (details below) which includes 5 objectives and 40 key elements it considers are essential to create a great future Preston Market Precinct. The VPA is the lead agency for planning for the future of the Preston Market and Council, while not the decision maker for the project, continues to work with the VPA to realise these objectives, and explore ways to include these in planning controls for the site. The HCV’s decision means that more work should be done to ensure all the heritage matters are fully understood before further planning is done on the market site.

In light of HCV determination, Council decided at its meeting on 14 October to write to the VPA and the Minister for Planning to request that the VPA undertake:

  1. A new local heritage study on the Preston Market, that considers all previous reports and advice on heritage and the new evidence presented to the Heritage Council Victoria and any other new evidence.

  2. If the study determines the market building, or elements of the built form, is of local heritage significance, request that the VPA carry out the following:

  3. In response to the evidence, incorporate into the planning controls as appropriate: a Heritage Citation, Heritage Design Guidelines and/or a Conservation Management Plan.

  4. If supported by the evidence, a planning scheme amendment process to apply a Heritage Overlay to the Preston Market.

    Council also resolved to commission its own heritage study to fully investigate and consider any further new evidence regarding the cultural, social, building and technical heritage matters at Preston Market.

    Further, Council requests that the current Planning Scheme Amendment process is paused until the outcome of the new local heritage study is understood and that an interim Heritage Overlay be immediately applied over the Preston Market building to ensure it is protected while further crucial work is carried out to determine if permanent heritage controls should be applied.

    Council believes that an Interim Heritage Overlay will ensure important elements of the local heritage are protected whilst the new local heritage study is completed and fully considered. Council will also be undertaking its own local heritage study to investigate the case for local heritage controls.We will be seeking support from members of state and federal parliament in requesting an Interim Heritage Overlay.A copy of the Council meeting minutes and associated report is available on our website, or can streamed from Council youtube page (approximately minute 43:30 Part 1).


We all love Preston Market.

Whether you’re a first time shopper or have been trading for generations, the Market is the beating heart of Preston. The market has served us for 49 years and will continue to feed our families, be a familiar meeting place for friends and play a central role in the lives of locals in Preston.

Darebin City Council has been listening to local community views on the future of the Preston Market site, and working to achieve the community vision which Council endorsed in 2018:

“the Market is a vibrant and diverse place for the community to gather around food and celebrate culture”.


What’s happened so far

At the Planning Committee Meeting on Monday August 19, Council considered a report that sets out what the community has told us is important for the Preston Market Precinct. Council endorsed important objectives and a list of key elements that are calling on the State Government and developer to commit to. These objectives set out the key things that need to happen for a future Preston Market Precinct to be a place for everyone, and create a liveable, safe, sustainable precinct.

Decision makers need to:

  • Value its unique characteristics of covered streets and walkways that act as public spaces, sheds, stalls and small shops as part of any redevelopment.
  • Support traders before, during and after any redevelopment.
  • Create new usable green open spaces to feature strong sustainability principles, showcase excellence in design and improve the look, feel and safety of the area.
  • Deliver social equity to the precinct via new community spaces, affordable housing, social programs, facilities, and employment opportunities.

The report and minutes from the August 19, Planning Committee Meeting can be viewed here. The objectives and key elements endorsed by Council have been described and illustrated in a document produced by the City of Darebin called The Heart of Preston.

Click the image below to view The Heart of Preston.

We’ve done this now because the State Government is preparing draft plans for new planning controls following four stages of community engagement.

What’s next

So many community members have told us what’s important and we want to make sure we’re clearly calling for the State Government and developer to commit to these things that will create the best possible outcome.

There are several steps to go before any new planning controls will be decided by the Minister for Planning, and Council will advocate for the best outcome at every stage of this process.

Council will consider its views on detailed items like where the market is located and building heights at a future meeting when all the information is available, including further advice on urban design and the impacts of any construction on traders.

Council will also consider the State Government’s draft plans when these are released later in the year. In 2020, Council expects to advocate for what’s important to the community in any formal planning processes including exhibition and review by an independent planning panel.

To show your love for Preston Market stay updated and get in touch.

If you have any questions you can send an email to futurepreston@darebin.vic.gov.au or register for updates on this page.

Heritage Victoria and the Victorian Heritage Council have both recommended the market does not have state heritage significance and that it not be included in the Victorian Heritage Register.

The Heritage Council panel asked the VPA to look further at the submissions it received requesting protection for the market and to consider whether local heritage controls might be appropriate. The heritage of the market including the recommendations of the Heritage Council will be a consideration in the preparation of the planning scheme amendment for a structure plan by the VPA. The VPA will continue to consult with council and community as the structure plan is developed.

VPA has commissioned heritage advice including reviewing submissions to the Heritage Council and is considering how planning controls should reflect the market’s local heritage values (the cultural heritage and the building fabric).

The most important objective is to secure the future of the market’s operation. Heritage is a key matter in achieving this goal, along with ensuring that the wider precinct is a vibrant and welcoming place with sustainable design, affordable and diverse housing, jobs, places to meet family and friends, quality open spaces, car parking, and better walking and cycling connections.

At the Council meeting on 14 October, Council considered the recent Heritage Council of Victoria’s (HCV) determination. A copy of the HCV report is available for download on the Heritage Council of Victoria website (External link) and from our document library.

Council has always recognised the social heritage significance of the site, and has continued to work to protect the unique characteristics of the market. Council developed The Heart of Preston document (details below) which includes 5 objectives and 40 key elements it considers are essential to create a great future Preston Market Precinct. The VPA is the lead agency for planning for the future of the Preston Market and Council, while not the decision maker for the project, continues to work with the VPA to realise these objectives, and explore ways to include these in planning controls for the site. The HCV’s decision means that more work should be done to ensure all the heritage matters are fully understood before further planning is done on the market site.

In light of HCV determination, Council decided at its meeting on 14 October to write to the VPA and the Minister for Planning to request that the VPA undertake:

  1. A new local heritage study on the Preston Market, that considers all previous reports and advice on heritage and the new evidence presented to the Heritage Council Victoria and any other new evidence.

  2. If the study determines the market building, or elements of the built form, is of local heritage significance, request that the VPA carry out the following:

  3. In response to the evidence, incorporate into the planning controls as appropriate: a Heritage Citation, Heritage Design Guidelines and/or a Conservation Management Plan.

  4. If supported by the evidence, a planning scheme amendment process to apply a Heritage Overlay to the Preston Market.

    Council also resolved to commission its own heritage study to fully investigate and consider any further new evidence regarding the cultural, social, building and technical heritage matters at Preston Market.

    Further, Council requests that the current Planning Scheme Amendment process is paused until the outcome of the new local heritage study is understood and that an interim Heritage Overlay be immediately applied over the Preston Market building to ensure it is protected while further crucial work is carried out to determine if permanent heritage controls should be applied.

    Council believes that an Interim Heritage Overlay will ensure important elements of the local heritage are protected whilst the new local heritage study is completed and fully considered. Council will also be undertaking its own local heritage study to investigate the case for local heritage controls.We will be seeking support from members of state and federal parliament in requesting an Interim Heritage Overlay.A copy of the Council meeting minutes and associated report is available on our website, or can streamed from Council youtube page (approximately minute 43:30 Part 1).


We all love Preston Market.

Whether you’re a first time shopper or have been trading for generations, the Market is the beating heart of Preston. The market has served us for 49 years and will continue to feed our families, be a familiar meeting place for friends and play a central role in the lives of locals in Preston.

Darebin City Council has been listening to local community views on the future of the Preston Market site, and working to achieve the community vision which Council endorsed in 2018:

“the Market is a vibrant and diverse place for the community to gather around food and celebrate culture”.


What’s happened so far

At the Planning Committee Meeting on Monday August 19, Council considered a report that sets out what the community has told us is important for the Preston Market Precinct. Council endorsed important objectives and a list of key elements that are calling on the State Government and developer to commit to. These objectives set out the key things that need to happen for a future Preston Market Precinct to be a place for everyone, and create a liveable, safe, sustainable precinct.

Decision makers need to:

  • Value its unique characteristics of covered streets and walkways that act as public spaces, sheds, stalls and small shops as part of any redevelopment.
  • Support traders before, during and after any redevelopment.
  • Create new usable green open spaces to feature strong sustainability principles, showcase excellence in design and improve the look, feel and safety of the area.
  • Deliver social equity to the precinct via new community spaces, affordable housing, social programs, facilities, and employment opportunities.

The report and minutes from the August 19, Planning Committee Meeting can be viewed here. The objectives and key elements endorsed by Council have been described and illustrated in a document produced by the City of Darebin called The Heart of Preston.

Click the image below to view The Heart of Preston.

We’ve done this now because the State Government is preparing draft plans for new planning controls following four stages of community engagement.

What’s next

So many community members have told us what’s important and we want to make sure we’re clearly calling for the State Government and developer to commit to these things that will create the best possible outcome.

There are several steps to go before any new planning controls will be decided by the Minister for Planning, and Council will advocate for the best outcome at every stage of this process.

Council will consider its views on detailed items like where the market is located and building heights at a future meeting when all the information is available, including further advice on urban design and the impacts of any construction on traders.

Council will also consider the State Government’s draft plans when these are released later in the year. In 2020, Council expects to advocate for what’s important to the community in any formal planning processes including exhibition and review by an independent planning panel.

To show your love for Preston Market stay updated and get in touch.

If you have any questions you can send an email to futurepreston@darebin.vic.gov.au or register for updates on this page.