The Thornbury Park Estate Precinct - Proposed Heritage Overlay

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The ‘Thornbury Park Estate’ heritage precinct (view map here) is characterised by good and intact examples of interwar houses, mixed with some Edwardian and post-war houses. Council has completed a detailed heritage study that identifies the area as a locally significant heritage precinct representative of early twentieth-century housing in Darebin.

Council is proposing a Heritage Overlay to ensure new development considers and protects heritage values in the precinct.

At its meeting on 26 April 2021, Council resolved to:

  • Seek approval from the Minister for Planning (Minister) to commence a planning scheme amendment to apply the Heritage Overlay (Amendment C191dare); and,
  • request that the Minister apply an interim Heritage Overlay (Amendment C197dare) to protect heritage fabric over the next 12-18 months while the amendment process for a permanent Heritage Overlay is underway.

Once Council receives authorisation from the Minister to proceed with a planning scheme amendment, community consultation (public exhibition) will be undertaken. This is likely to occur in the next couple of months. All property owners within the precinct will be notified about public exhibition as detailed under the ‘what’s next’ section below.

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

In response to the demolition threat, Council resolved (22 July 2019) to request that the Minister apply a Heritage Overlay to the Thornbury Park Estate, including 31-33 Comas Grove on an interim basis. However, the interim Heritage Overlay request (Amendment C188) was unsuccessful (refused by the Minister in March 2020).

A comprehensive heritage study was then completed for the Thornbury Park Estate Precinct (RBA consultants) and confirmed that the area (including the Church Manse) is of local heritage significance warranting protection via the Heritage Overlay.

What’s happening now:

Council has now sought approval from the Minister to commence a planning scheme amendment to apply the Heritage Overlay to the precinct (including Church Manse) on a permanent basis (Amendment C191dare).

Due to increasing development pressure in the precinct, Council has also requested that the Minister approves Planning Scheme Amendment C197dare to apply an interim Heritage Overlay to significant and contributory heritage properties in the precinct. The purpose of this is to ensure important heritage fabric is protected over the next 12-18 months while the planning scheme amendment process for permanent Heritage Overlay (C191dare) is underway.

What’s happening next:

Once Council receives authorisation from the Minister to proceed with a planning scheme amendment, community consultation (public exhibition) will be undertaken. This is likely to occur in the next couple of months, subject to timing of authorisation from the Minister.

During this time, all property owners and occupiers within the proposed heritage precinct will be provided with information about how the proposal may affect them, and the community will have the opportunity to make formal submissions.

The public engagement process will include:

Public Notice (Government Gazette and local newspaper)

  • Hard copies of maps, the heritage study, Heritage Amendment Fact Sheets will be available online, Council planning counter and can be mailed in hard copy
  • Direct notification to owners and occupiers of all properties within the heritage precinct. The written material will include the Planning Scheme amendment documentation and, a Fact Sheet of the proposed heritage amendment.
    • Explanation as to how heritage is evaluated and protected, the purpose of the Heritage Overlay and the implications for landowners and residents.
    • Clear direction on how the community can respond to the proposed planning scheme amendment.
  • Scheduled face-to-face information sessions (2) conducted in line with Covid-safe protocols.
  • Individual appointments can be made to discuss the proposed amendment, this can be conducted face-to-face or via phone/zoom.

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

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.

The ‘Thornbury Park Estate’ heritage precinct (view map here) is characterised by good and intact examples of interwar houses, mixed with some Edwardian and post-war houses. Council has completed a detailed heritage study that identifies the area as a locally significant heritage precinct representative of early twentieth-century housing in Darebin.

Council is proposing a Heritage Overlay to ensure new development considers and protects heritage values in the precinct.

At its meeting on 26 April 2021, Council resolved to:

  • Seek approval from the Minister for Planning (Minister) to commence a planning scheme amendment to apply the Heritage Overlay (Amendment C191dare); and,
  • request that the Minister apply an interim Heritage Overlay (Amendment C197dare) to protect heritage fabric over the next 12-18 months while the amendment process for a permanent Heritage Overlay is underway.

Once Council receives authorisation from the Minister to proceed with a planning scheme amendment, community consultation (public exhibition) will be undertaken. This is likely to occur in the next couple of months. All property owners within the precinct will be notified about public exhibition as detailed under the ‘what’s next’ section below.

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

In response to the demolition threat, Council resolved (22 July 2019) to request that the Minister apply a Heritage Overlay to the Thornbury Park Estate, including 31-33 Comas Grove on an interim basis. However, the interim Heritage Overlay request (Amendment C188) was unsuccessful (refused by the Minister in March 2020).

A comprehensive heritage study was then completed for the Thornbury Park Estate Precinct (RBA consultants) and confirmed that the area (including the Church Manse) is of local heritage significance warranting protection via the Heritage Overlay.

What’s happening now:

Council has now sought approval from the Minister to commence a planning scheme amendment to apply the Heritage Overlay to the precinct (including Church Manse) on a permanent basis (Amendment C191dare).

Due to increasing development pressure in the precinct, Council has also requested that the Minister approves Planning Scheme Amendment C197dare to apply an interim Heritage Overlay to significant and contributory heritage properties in the precinct. The purpose of this is to ensure important heritage fabric is protected over the next 12-18 months while the planning scheme amendment process for permanent Heritage Overlay (C191dare) is underway.

What’s happening next:

Once Council receives authorisation from the Minister to proceed with a planning scheme amendment, community consultation (public exhibition) will be undertaken. This is likely to occur in the next couple of months, subject to timing of authorisation from the Minister.

During this time, all property owners and occupiers within the proposed heritage precinct will be provided with information about how the proposal may affect them, and the community will have the opportunity to make formal submissions.

The public engagement process will include:

Public Notice (Government Gazette and local newspaper)

  • Hard copies of maps, the heritage study, Heritage Amendment Fact Sheets will be available online, Council planning counter and can be mailed in hard copy
  • Direct notification to owners and occupiers of all properties within the heritage precinct. The written material will include the Planning Scheme amendment documentation and, a Fact Sheet of the proposed heritage amendment.
    • Explanation as to how heritage is evaluated and protected, the purpose of the Heritage Overlay and the implications for landowners and residents.
    • Clear direction on how the community can respond to the proposed planning scheme amendment.
  • Scheduled face-to-face information sessions (2) conducted in line with Covid-safe protocols.
  • Individual appointments can be made to discuss the proposed amendment, this can be conducted face-to-face or via phone/zoom.

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

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.