Council has successfully received approval for Amendment C177 from the Minister for Planning to include eight individual properties and three heritage precincts in Surrey Hills in the Heritage Overlay.

Councillor Phillip Healey, Mayor of Boroondara said that the amendment is part and parcel of Council’s effort to help protect Boroondara’s heritage.

“Our community places high value on Boroondara’s heritage places. This amendment will help preserve locally significant heritage properties and precincts in Surrey Hills and showcase the different stages of development in the area,” Cr Healey said.

“We are pleased the amendment has been approved by the Minister for Planning consistent with Council’s adopted position in February.”

Amendment C177 incorporates the recommendations of the Surrey Hills South Residential Precincts Heritage Study (stage 2 of the Surrey Hills and Canterbury Hill Estate Study) and was gazetted in the Boroondara Planning Scheme in July 2017.

Councillor Jane Addis, Maling ward councilor, said, “Many of us have chosen to live in this charming heritage area because we love the special heritage houses and their treed gardens. We are very happy and relieved the Minister has supported our assessment of the importance of protecting this special area that we have worked so hard to preserve and enhance over many years.”

Recently, Council also resolved to commence the statutory process to introduce a Heritage Overlay to identified properties in the neighbouring suburb of Canterbury, as part of a larger Municipal Wide Heritage Gap Study.

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