The Thornbury Park Estate Precinct - Proposed Heritage Overlay

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Council is proposing to introduce a Heritage Overlay in Thornbury and is now seeking community feedback about how we can better protect heritage in Thornbury. You can make a submission until Friday15 October 2021.

Why should the Thornbury Estate area be protected?

An area known as Thornbury Park Estate (view the map), has been identified as being of local heritage significance and worthy of being protected.




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. 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.

Increasing development pressure in the Thornbury Park Estate area has put the heritage significance of the precinct at risk. Permanent planning controls are a tool Council can use to protect it.

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.

There are different requirements depending on the heritage grading of your property. You can find your property’s heritage grading by clicking on the map link.


Map of the Thornbury Park Estate Precinct



To find out more

Council held two online information sessions, where the community could find out more about these proposed changes and ask general questions.

To view to the online forum from Saturday 28 August you can watch the video recording.


To view to the online forum from Thursday 2 September 2021 you can watch the video recording.


What’s happening now?

Council is seeking community feedback on a proposed Heritage Overlay for the Thornbury Park Estate area. The Heritage Overlay is applied through an amendment to the planning scheme (Amendment C191).

The proposed amendment to the planning scheme (Amendment C191) is on public exhibition until September 17 2021, with submissions accepted until 15 October 2021 which means community members are encouraged to review the heritage study and statement of significance and provide their feedback on the proposal during this time.

The State Government has approved interim (temporary) heritage controls until 29 April, 2022 under Amendment C197dare. This only affects contributory and significant properties within the precinct. Notification has been sent to all affected landowners in the mail. The interim heritage overlay will protect contributory and significant properties from demolition and ensure any development can be assessed to ensure it will respect the heritage values of the heritage place and precinct.

Please see the FAQ panel on the right of this page for more information on the interim heritage overlay.

Each property within this area has been given a proposed heritage grading. This indicates how important its heritage value is to the rest of the precinct. This grading affects what works would or would not require a planning permit from Council.

You can read more about what this means for you in the FAQs, and looking at the documentation on the right of this page.

Access to the proposed planning scheme amendment document can also be found in https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/schemes-and-amendments/browse-amendments?query=C197dare&search_mode=id

Formal submissions

Any person who may be affected by the amendment may make a submission to the planning authority about the amendment.

Submit your views on the online form.

Submissions must be made in writing giving the submitter’s name and contact address, clearly stating the grounds on which the amendment is supported or opposed and indicating what changes (if any) the submitter wishes to make.

Name and contact details of submitters are required for council to consider submissions and to notify such persons of the opportunity to attend council meetings and any public hearing held to consider submissions.

If you wish to formally submit your views on the proposed application of a Heritage Overlay to Thornbury Park Estate, you will need to lodge a written submission, which can be made in the online form. For a hardcopy of the form, please contact us. A submission can be made via email to planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au; or via mail to Strategic Planning, PO Box 91 Preston, VIC 3072.

Submissions must be received by Friday 15 October 2021.

If you have specific questions about your property or this amendment proposal, you can book an appointment with a Council officer to discuss the heritage grading and what it means for you or anything about this amendment proposal. You can do this by calling Strategic Planning on 8470-8494

If you would like to speak to someone in your preferred language about the Thornbury Park Estate, please contact us or call 8470 8470 to be connected to a Language Aide or an interpreter.

What’s happening next?

Council will consider all written submissions to the proposed planning scheme amendment at a Council meeting later in the year.

If there are any submissions which cannot be resolved by Council, we will appoint an independent Planning Panel. The Planning Panel will examine the submissions and make a recommendation to Council regarding the amendment.

Council at that time can choose whether to adopt or abandon the amendment based on the panel’s recommendations and if we choose to adopt the amendment, we will submit the amendment to the State Government for their final approval in the Darebin Planning Scheme.

Additional Project Information

In 2019, a 1920s church manse at 31-33 Comas Grove Thornbury, was identified by Council as being at risk of demolition. This property is no longer at risk of demolition, but this prompted Council to consider the heritage value of the manse.

A preliminary assessment into the heritage significance of 31-33 Comas Grove found that while the church manse was not individually significant, the property was likely to be significant when considered as part of a heritage precinct within the broader area.

This area is known as Thornbury Park Estate and is an area in Thornbury bound by Strettle Street to the west, Miller Street to the north, Smith Street to the south, and extending east to St Georges Road. This area was once all one property that was known as Thornbury Park Estate, and was subdivided into different lots in 1911, with additional building occurring throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Council is proposing to introduce a Heritage Overlay in Thornbury and is now seeking community feedback about how we can better protect heritage in Thornbury. You can make a submission until Friday15 October 2021.

Why should the Thornbury Estate area be protected?

An area known as Thornbury Park Estate (view the map), has been identified as being of local heritage significance and worthy of being protected.




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. 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.

Increasing development pressure in the Thornbury Park Estate area has put the heritage significance of the precinct at risk. Permanent planning controls are a tool Council can use to protect it.

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.

There are different requirements depending on the heritage grading of your property. You can find your property’s heritage grading by clicking on the map link.


Map of the Thornbury Park Estate Precinct



To find out more

Council held two online information sessions, where the community could find out more about these proposed changes and ask general questions.

To view to the online forum from Saturday 28 August you can watch the video recording.


To view to the online forum from Thursday 2 September 2021 you can watch the video recording.


What’s happening now?

Council is seeking community feedback on a proposed Heritage Overlay for the Thornbury Park Estate area. The Heritage Overlay is applied through an amendment to the planning scheme (Amendment C191).

The proposed amendment to the planning scheme (Amendment C191) is on public exhibition until September 17 2021, with submissions accepted until 15 October 2021 which means community members are encouraged to review the heritage study and statement of significance and provide their feedback on the proposal during this time.

The State Government has approved interim (temporary) heritage controls until 29 April, 2022 under Amendment C197dare. This only affects contributory and significant properties within the precinct. Notification has been sent to all affected landowners in the mail. The interim heritage overlay will protect contributory and significant properties from demolition and ensure any development can be assessed to ensure it will respect the heritage values of the heritage place and precinct.

Please see the FAQ panel on the right of this page for more information on the interim heritage overlay.

Each property within this area has been given a proposed heritage grading. This indicates how important its heritage value is to the rest of the precinct. This grading affects what works would or would not require a planning permit from Council.

You can read more about what this means for you in the FAQs, and looking at the documentation on the right of this page.

Access to the proposed planning scheme amendment document can also be found in https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/schemes-and-amendments/browse-amendments?query=C197dare&search_mode=id

Formal submissions

Any person who may be affected by the amendment may make a submission to the planning authority about the amendment.

Submit your views on the online form.

Submissions must be made in writing giving the submitter’s name and contact address, clearly stating the grounds on which the amendment is supported or opposed and indicating what changes (if any) the submitter wishes to make.

Name and contact details of submitters are required for council to consider submissions and to notify such persons of the opportunity to attend council meetings and any public hearing held to consider submissions.

If you wish to formally submit your views on the proposed application of a Heritage Overlay to Thornbury Park Estate, you will need to lodge a written submission, which can be made in the online form. For a hardcopy of the form, please contact us. A submission can be made via email to planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au; or via mail to Strategic Planning, PO Box 91 Preston, VIC 3072.

Submissions must be received by Friday 15 October 2021.

If you have specific questions about your property or this amendment proposal, you can book an appointment with a Council officer to discuss the heritage grading and what it means for you or anything about this amendment proposal. You can do this by calling Strategic Planning on 8470-8494

If you would like to speak to someone in your preferred language about the Thornbury Park Estate, please contact us or call 8470 8470 to be connected to a Language Aide or an interpreter.

What’s happening next?

Council will consider all written submissions to the proposed planning scheme amendment at a Council meeting later in the year.

If there are any submissions which cannot be resolved by Council, we will appoint an independent Planning Panel. The Planning Panel will examine the submissions and make a recommendation to Council regarding the amendment.

Council at that time can choose whether to adopt or abandon the amendment based on the panel’s recommendations and if we choose to adopt the amendment, we will submit the amendment to the State Government for their final approval in the Darebin Planning Scheme.

Additional Project Information

In 2019, a 1920s church manse at 31-33 Comas Grove Thornbury, was identified by Council as being at risk of demolition. This property is no longer at risk of demolition, but this prompted Council to consider the heritage value of the manse.

A preliminary assessment into the heritage significance of 31-33 Comas Grove found that while the church manse was not individually significant, the property was likely to be significant when considered as part of a heritage precinct within the broader area.

This area is known as Thornbury Park Estate and is an area in Thornbury bound by Strettle Street to the west, Miller Street to the north, Smith Street to the south, and extending east to St Georges Road. This area was once all one property that was known as Thornbury Park Estate, and was subdivided into different lots in 1911, with additional building occurring throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Page last updated: 21 October 2021, 10:43