The Thornbury Park Estate Precinct - Proposed Heritage Overlay

The Thornbury Park Estate Precinct (view map) is characterised by interwar houses, mixed with good and intact examples of Edwardian and post-war houses. It compares well to other heritage precincts in Darebin in terms of visual cohesion, integrity and evidence of historical subdivision boundaries.

Due to its likely heritage significance, the area is currently being investigated by Council for inclusion in a Heritage Overlay to the Darebin Planning Scheme.

This process to obtain permanent heritage protection can take up to 2 years so, in the meantime, Council has submitted a request to the Minister for Planning to apply an interim heritage overlay to the Thornbury Park Estate precinct.

If an interim Heritage Overlay is applied by the Minister for Planning this will ensure the precinct is protected while Council introduces permanent heritage controls.


What’s happened so far?

A 1920s Church Manse at 31-33 Comas Grove Thornbury, was identified by Council as being at risk of demolition.

The large brick bungalow at 31-33 Comas Grove was erected c.1921 on an oversized allotment. The historic building and intact garden setting anchors the western part of the Thornbury Park Estate precinct and provides a significant vista when looking west down Hutton Street, toward Comas Grove. The property is considered to be a significant place within the broader Thornbury Park Estate precinct.

A preliminary heritage assessment was commissioned by Council to further understand the heritage significance of 31-33 Comas Grove and the broader area in which it is situated.

This preliminary assessment found that this broader area, known as the Thornbury Park Estate Precinct, is likely to meet the threshold for inclusion in the heritage overlay within the Darebin Planning Scheme.

In response to the demolition threat, Council resolved at its meeting on 22 July 2019, to request that the Minister for Planning prepare and approve an amendment to the Darebin Planning Scheme, pursuant to section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, which would apply an interim heritage overlay to the Thornbury Park Estate, including 31-33 Comas Grove on an interim basis.


What’s next?

Council is currently waiting on the Minister’s decision in relation to this request for interim heritage protection via an amendment.

Council is in the process of undertaking detailed heritage studies to inform permanent heritage protection for the Thornbury Park Estate Precinct (including 31-33 Comas Grove, Thornbury). Upon completion of these detailed heritage studies, Council will consult with the local community to better inform the heritage work.

Once those stages are finalised, Council will then consider proceeding with an amendment process to introduce permanent heritage controls, which would include the public exhibition of the amendment, opportunity for submissions, and review by an independent planning panel if required.

If you have any questions about the amendment, please contact Strategic Planning on (03) 8470 8335 or email planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au














The Thornbury Park Estate Precinct (view map) is characterised by interwar houses, mixed with good and intact examples of Edwardian and post-war houses. It compares well to other heritage precincts in Darebin in terms of visual cohesion, integrity and evidence of historical subdivision boundaries.

Due to its likely heritage significance, the area is currently being investigated by Council for inclusion in a Heritage Overlay to the Darebin Planning Scheme.

This process to obtain permanent heritage protection can take up to 2 years so, in the meantime, Council has submitted a request to the Minister for Planning to apply an interim heritage overlay to the Thornbury Park Estate precinct.

If an interim Heritage Overlay is applied by the Minister for Planning this will ensure the precinct is protected while Council introduces permanent heritage controls.


What’s happened so far?

A 1920s Church Manse at 31-33 Comas Grove Thornbury, was identified by Council as being at risk of demolition.

The large brick bungalow at 31-33 Comas Grove was erected c.1921 on an oversized allotment. The historic building and intact garden setting anchors the western part of the Thornbury Park Estate precinct and provides a significant vista when looking west down Hutton Street, toward Comas Grove. The property is considered to be a significant place within the broader Thornbury Park Estate precinct.

A preliminary heritage assessment was commissioned by Council to further understand the heritage significance of 31-33 Comas Grove and the broader area in which it is situated.

This preliminary assessment found that this broader area, known as the Thornbury Park Estate Precinct, is likely to meet the threshold for inclusion in the heritage overlay within the Darebin Planning Scheme.

In response to the demolition threat, Council resolved at its meeting on 22 July 2019, to request that the Minister for Planning prepare and approve an amendment to the Darebin Planning Scheme, pursuant to section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, which would apply an interim heritage overlay to the Thornbury Park Estate, including 31-33 Comas Grove on an interim basis.


What’s next?

Council is currently waiting on the Minister’s decision in relation to this request for interim heritage protection via an amendment.

Council is in the process of undertaking detailed heritage studies to inform permanent heritage protection for the Thornbury Park Estate Precinct (including 31-33 Comas Grove, Thornbury). Upon completion of these detailed heritage studies, Council will consult with the local community to better inform the heritage work.

Once those stages are finalised, Council will then consider proceeding with an amendment process to introduce permanent heritage controls, which would include the public exhibition of the amendment, opportunity for submissions, and review by an independent planning panel if required.

If you have any questions about the amendment, please contact Strategic Planning on (03) 8470 8335 or email planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au