About Former Withers House – Heritage Assessment

Council has engaged Built Heritage to prepare a heritage assessment for the former Withers House, 32 Corby Street, Balwyn North.

The assessment has now been completed and has identified the place to be of local heritage significance. It is recommended for inclusion in the Heritage Overlay under the Boroondara Planning Scheme as an individually significant heritage place.

Current Status – September 2021

Pre-consultation

The pre-consultation on the Draft Heritage Citation – Former Withers House (Prepared by Built Heritage) has closed.

Council officers are currently reviewing the feedback received and will prepare a report for consideration by the Urban Planning Delegated Committee (UPDC).

The UPDC will decide whether to:

  • Adopt the Draft Heritage Citation – Former Withers House (Prepared by Built Heritage) 
  • Commence the formal planning scheme amendment process to apply the Heritage Overlay to property identified in the draft heritage assessment.
  • Defer consideration of the Draft Heritage Citation – Former Withers House (Prepared by Built Heritage) until further work is undertaken.
  • Abandon the Draft Heritage Citation – Former Withers House (Prepared by Built Heritage) and not proceed to a planning scheme amendment.

The report is likely to be considered by the UPDC in October 2021.

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 UPDC in support of their feedback. 

Please note that the draft citation has not been adopted by Council and does not carry any statutory weight. However, Council may use the draft heritage citation and its recommendations to inform its discussions with planning permit applicants in relation to properties identified for heritage protection.

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.

More information

For more information, contact Cael Leskovec, Strategic Planner:

 

Please note that Council commissioned 2 heritage assessments for the site. While both recommended its inclusion in the Heritage Overlay under the Boroondara Planning Scheme as an individually significant place, only the draft heritage citation prepared by Built Heritage forms the basis for pre-consultation and UPDC consideration.

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