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 (June 2019)
The first round of citations has been progressed through Amendment C276. You can view the current status of that amendment here.
We sought feedback on the second round of draft citations, prepared as part of the Balwyn Heritage Peer Review process. Feedback closed on 4 June 2019.
Please note that all submissions will be treated as public documents and may be viewed by third parties.
Council officers will review the feedback received and prepare a report for consideration by the Urban Planning Special Committee (UPSC). The UPSC may decide to:
- Adopt the prepared heritage citations.
- Commence the formal planning scheme amendment process to apply the Heritage Overlay to all or some of the properties identified in the draft study.
- Defer consideration of the draft heritage citations until further work is undertaken.
- Abandon the draft heritage citations and not proceed to a planning scheme amendment.
Affected and adjoining property owners/occupiers and anyone who provided Council with feedback as part of the preliminary consultation process will have the opportunity to address the UPSC in support of their 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]
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