In June 2014, The draft Balwyn and Balwyn North Heritage Study (incorporating Deepdene and Greythorn) was completed. However, the draft Heritage Study was not adopted.
To ensure that heritage properties in Balwyn are protected from demolition and development, the Urban Planning Special Committee (UPSC) resolved in March 2017 to carry out a peer review of the draft Study.
Reason for the peer review of the draft study
Following the preliminary consultation in February/March 2015, the UPSC resolved in September 2015 to not proceed with adopting the draft Study. Since the UPSC’s decision, community members have contacted Council concerned with the demolition of potential heritage properties. Preliminary investigations of some of these properties have revealed that they may have warranted a full heritage investigation.
You can access a copy of the September 2015 UPSC report here.
You can access a copy of the March 2017 UPSC report here.
About the peer review of the draft study
Following the March 2017 decision, officers were unable to secure a suitable heritage consultant to carry out the peer review. On 18 September 2017, the UPSC resolved to incorporate the peer review into the ongoing heritage consultancy work being carried out for Council by Context Pty Ltd.
It was also resolved to commence preliminary consultation for those properties with completed citations.
You can access a copy of the September 2017 UPSC report here.
Current status (September 2019)
The first round of citations has been progressed through Amendment C276.
Adoption of draft heritage citations
On 2 September 2019, the Urban Planning Special Committee (UPSC) adopted the draft heritage citations prepared through stage 2 of the peer review process and resolved to commence the formal planning scheme amendment process to apply the Heritage Overlay to the properties identified.
To introduce the Heritage Overlay, Council needs to amend the Boroondara Planning Scheme. To commence the planning scheme amendment process, Council will now write to the Minister for Planning to request authorisation to prepare and exhibit a planning scheme amendment. Following authorisation from the Minister for Planning, Council will commence the exhibition process.
As part of the public exhibition process, Council will notify all affected and adjoining/abutting property owners and occupiers, anyone who lodged feedback as part of the preliminary consultation as well as any other interested stakeholders of the proposed Heritage Overlay and invite feedback.
Please note that the draft citations have not been adopted by Council and do not carry any statutory weight. However, Council may use the draft heritage citations to inform its discussions with planning permit applicants regarding properties identified as having heritage significance.
In order for the heritage citations to have statutory weight, affected properties need to be included in the Heritage Overlay under the Boroondara Planning Scheme.
For more information contact Nick Brennan, Senior Strategic Planner:
- phone: 9278 4535
- email: [email protected]
8 Boston Road, Balwyn - Adopted Heritage Citation [PDF, 2.4MB]
Balwyn Heritage Peer Review Methodology Report [PDF, 1.4MB]