Public consultation on the the planning scheme amendment concluded on Friday 20 March 2015. We are currently reviewing submissions.

While the building is currently covered by heritage controls, the amendment seeks to increase its level of protection. This intends to ensure that the heritage attributes of the building are considered in any proposed redevelopment of the site.

This planning scheme amendment has been informed by an independent heritage review commissioned by the City of Melbourne in November 2014. Undertaken in response to the Heritage Council of Victoria recommendation, the heritage study found that the site is locally significant and has additional heritage attributes that require formal acknowledgement.

Amendment C241 seeks to ensure that these additional heritage attributes are included in the Melbourne Planning Scheme.

About the amendment

The amendment proposes to recognise the Palace Theatre as a place of local heritage significance by making three changes to the Melbourne Planning Scheme:

  • Amending the Schedule to Clause 43.01 (Heritage Overlay) to insert a new entry for the Palace Theatre which ticks the ‘External Paint Controls Apply?’ box.
  • Amending Clause 22.04 – Heritage Places within the Capital City Zone, by the addition of a policy reference titled Palace Theatre, Bourke Street, Melbourne: Heritage Assessment for the City of Melbourne, December 2014; and
  • Amending the incorporated document, Central City (Hoddle Grid) Heritage Review: Statements of Significance June 2013, by including the Statement of Significance for 20-30 Bourke Street, Melbourne at page 91.

You can view the factsheet for a more detailed explanation of what these changes mean:

March 21, 2015

The amendment, documents supporting the amendment and the explanatory report about the amendment are available in the Document Library. You can also view them free of charge, during office hours at City of Melbourne, Council House 2, Level 3, 240 Little Collins Street, Melbourne.

Submissions must be made in writing giving the submitter’s name and contact address, clearly stating the grounds on which the amendment is supported or opposed and indicating what changes (if any) the submitter wishes to make.

Name and contact details of submitters are required for Council to consider submissions and to notify such persons of the opportunity to attend Council meetings and any public hearing held to consider submissions.

You can lodge a submission via the form below or by emailing palacetheatrec241@melbourne.vic.gov.au

Alternatively, you can post to:

Robyn Hellman
Team Leader – Local Policy
PO Box 1603
Melbourne VIC 3001

For more information, call the City of Melbourne’s Strategic Planning team on 9658 8404.

February 10, 2015