Public consultation concluded and next steps

March 21, 2015

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: