What process is being undertaken to apply interim and permanent heritage protection to the area?

Council has requested interim heritage protection for the Thornbury Park Estate precinct from the Minister for Planning. If granted, an interim heritage overlay will apply to the precinct with an expiry date (proposed by Council to be in 2021).

Applying an interim heritage overlay will ensure that this heritage precinct is protected while Council introduces permanent heritage controls.

The process of developing permanent heritage controls and amending the planning scheme to introduce these controls can take up to 2 years.

In this time, Council will engage a heritage expert to identify and assess the significance of each property in the precinct in accordance with the Victorian Government’s legislation, established criteria and guidelines.

In seeking to apply heritage controls on a permanent basis, Council will consider whether permit exemptions can be applied to certain properties within the precinct that do not contribute to the heritage significance of the precinct.

A statutory process to amend the Darebin Planning Scheme is required to apply the permanent heritage controls. This process would include community consultation through a formal public exhibition period, with an opportunity for submissions and review by an Independent planning panel if required.

Further information about consultation will be made available via this Your Say page and directly to residents within the precinct as it becomes available. Subscribe for project updates by entering your email address in the box to the right of screen.

How do I know if my property is within the area being considered for heritage protection?

Please refer to the map on the webpage for this project to find out whether your property falls within the precinct boundary.

If you have any questions about the map, please contact Darebin’s Strategic Planning Team on 8470 8888 or email planning.services@darebin.vic.gov.au 

What will a heritage overlay mean for my property?

The purpose of the Heritage Overlay is to conserve or enhance places of natural or cultural significance. The inclusion of properties in the Heritage Overlay ensures that new development does not adversely affect the significance of heritage places.

Under the heritage overlay, a planning permit will be required from Council to

  • subdivide land

  • demolish or remove a building (including part of a building)

  • construct a building (including part of a building or a fence)

  • externally alter a building

  • construct or carry out works

  • construct or display a sign

  • externally paint an unpainted surface

  • externally paint a building if the painting constitutes an advertisement.

If you have any questions about whether what you are proposing on your property will require planning permission due to the Heritage Overlay, please contact Darebin’s Statutory Planning team on 8470 8888 or email townplan@darebin.vic.gov.au

Further information about the heritage overlay and the guidelines used to assess planning permit applications under the overlay can be found at https://www.heritage.vic.gov.au/legislation/heritage-overlays