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In a proactive step to protect heritage places within the municipality, the City of Boroondara has commenced the Municipal Wide Heritage Gap Study to identify and protect significant heritage properties and precincts.

Cr Jim Parke, Mayor of Boroondara, said that the Municipal Wide Heritage Gap Study will provide the latest and most up-to-date source of information of important heritage places in Boroondara.

“This study is a coordinated, street-by-street heritage assessment of properties outside the existing Heritage Overlay which will form the basis of future planning scheme amendments. It will enable Council to include individually significant properties and heritage precincts in the Heritage Overlay.

“Inclusion of properties and precincts in the Heritage Overlay will trigger the requirement for a planning permit for demolition, alterations and additions to affected properties. This will prevent degradation of heritage places,” Cr Parke said.

Council has appointed Context Pty Ltd (with Trethowan Architecture), experienced heritage consultants, to complete all suburb assessments over a two year period.

Canterbury, Camberwell, Kew and Hawthorn are the first four suburbs to be assessed over 2016/2017. The remaining suburbs will be assessed in year two of the study.

“Following the assessments of all suburbs, Council will consult the community on the outcomes of the assessment and work towards introducing new Heritage Overlays into the Boroondara Planning Scheme,” Cr Parke said.

The Municipal Wide Heritage Gap Study is a component of Council’s Heritage Action Plan 2016.

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