Preston Market Precinct

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Last updated 03/08/2021

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 a proposed development of the site.

From mid-June until mid-July, the Victorian Government consulted the public on the planning controls for a future redevelopment of the Preston Market and the surrounding site.

The planning controls set the rules for how future development should occur and outlines the future of the Market and surrounding area and will have a significant impact on our community, surrounding businesses, facilities, accommodation and transport.

You can find out more about the draft plans here https://engage.vic.gov.au/preston-market-precinct

Darebin Council does not own the market and has no formal power to influence the planning controls for the 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.
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What's happened so far?

Council’s objectives for the Preston Market Precinct have been clearly set out in our Heart of Preston report, which has been shared with the VPA and the Developer. These 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 plans 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 rules are insensitive to 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 submission that is highly critical of the draft plans for Preston Market. You can access and view Council endorsed Submission (key points) to the VPA.

This formed the basis of Council’s detailed submission to the VPA, measuring the plans against our Heart of Preston engagement on Preston Market Precinct Planning Framework.

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 is seeking the plans to be substantially changed to address these 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 continue the communication campaign to maximise community participation in the State Government’s consultation.

Darebin has been strongly advocating to protect the market, in line with the wishes of the community. To stay up to date with the latest news on the fight to protect Preston Market sign up for updates.

Next Steps:

VPA will consider detailed submissions and decide if any changes will be made to their draft planning framework. They then may refer unresolved submissions to a standing advisory committee (tentatively set for early November 2021).

You can still sign Darebin’s petition to Protect Preston market. and you can also write to the Minister and local MP to express your concerns.

Please contact the VPA directly (https://engage.vic.gov.au/preston-market-precinct) for any more questions about submissions or next steps.




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 as precinct plans are drawn up by the State Government’s Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) ahead of the landowner applying them in a future housing development.

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 03/08/2021

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 a proposed development of the site.

From mid-June until mid-July, the Victorian Government consulted the public on the planning controls for a future redevelopment of the Preston Market and the surrounding site.

The planning controls set the rules for how future development should occur and outlines the future of the Market and surrounding area and will have a significant impact on our community, surrounding businesses, facilities, accommodation and transport.

You can find out more about the draft plans here https://engage.vic.gov.au/preston-market-precinct

Darebin Council does not own the market and has no formal power to influence the planning controls for the 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 have been clearly set out in our Heart of Preston report, which has been shared with the VPA and the Developer. These 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 plans 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 rules are insensitive to 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 submission that is highly critical of the draft plans for Preston Market. You can access and view Council endorsed Submission (key points) to the VPA.

This formed the basis of Council’s detailed submission to the VPA, measuring the plans against our Heart of Preston engagement on Preston Market Precinct Planning Framework.

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 is seeking the plans to be substantially changed to address these 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 continue the communication campaign to maximise community participation in the State Government’s consultation.

Darebin has been strongly advocating to protect the market, in line with the wishes of the community. To stay up to date with the latest news on the fight to protect Preston Market sign up for updates.

Next Steps:

VPA will consider detailed submissions and decide if any changes will be made to their draft planning framework. They then may refer unresolved submissions to a standing advisory committee (tentatively set for early November 2021).

You can still sign Darebin’s petition to Protect Preston market. and you can also write to the Minister and local MP to express your concerns.

Please contact the VPA directly (https://engage.vic.gov.au/preston-market-precinct) for any more questions about submissions or next steps.




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 as precinct plans are drawn up by the State Government’s Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) ahead of the landowner applying them in a future housing development.

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.