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 (January 2018)
Adoption of Heritage citations
On 18 December 2017, the Urban Planning Special Committee (UPSC) adopted the Heritage Citations that had been prepared through the Balwyn Heritage Study 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 Amendment C276. 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/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.
For more information contact Nick Brennan, Senior Strategic Planner:
- phone: 9278 4535
- email: [email protected]