C405 overview

Amendment C405

Amendment C405 implements the recommendations of the Carlton Heritage Review (November 2021) on a permanent basis. The independent review looked at all places within the study area, and recommended heritage protection for 24 new places in addition to 52 heritage category changes.

Amendment C404 seeks to apply protection through interim heritage overlays to the places recommended in the review. A decision by the Minister for Planning for interim protections has not yet occurred. More information about Amendment C404 can be found here.

A thematic history which incorporates Carlton’s historical themes was developed in consultation with Traditional Owners.

Amendment C405 also includes the reinstatement of heritage protection for Punt Road Oval.

A Heritage Overlay on your property will mean that, in most instances, you will need a planning permit from Council to subdivide the land, construct a building, carry out alterations or erect a sign.

Council officers will need to consider the heritage significance of your property before making a decision on a planning permit application, which seeks to modify the appearance of your property.

A planning permit is not required for repairs or routine maintenance that do not change the appearance of the heritage place or for internal alterations, unless the interior are deemed significant.

The City of Melbourne has range of support materials available to people who live in, or work with, heritage places, including the Heritage Owners Guide and the Heritage Design Guide.

Panel hearing

Carlton Heritage Review

The Carlton Heritage Review was commissioned by the City of Melbourne in 2018. The independent Review was undertaken by Lovell Chen Heritage Consultants and is the first comprehensive review of Carlton since the 1990s. The Review looked at a range of architectural styles from the 19th and 20th century and researched in detail the history of the buildings, streets and parks of Carlton. Project officers conducted extensive in-person and online engagement at the commencement of the project in 2018. Explore the digital mapping tool for the project.

The study area is depicted in the map below and is bounded by Princes Street to the north, Nicholson Street and Carlton Gardens to the East, Victoria Street to the south and Swanston Street to the West. There are some areas that fall outside of this boundary that still form part of the Review, including select areas of the Carlton heritage precinct HO1 and University and Lincoln Squares.

Carlton Heritage Review Study Area

Carlton Heritage Review Study Area

Read the full Carlton Heritage Review:

Based on the findings, we are seeking to implement the following recommendations through Amendment C405:

  • 24 places receiving heritage protection for the first time (including three serial listings).
  • Heritage category changes for 52 places. A heritage category identifies whether a place is contributory to a precinct or individually significant.
  • A new Statement of Significance for the large HO1 precinct.
  • A new Thematic Environmental History that documents historical themes and how the area has developed over time.
  • Fix-ups to addresses, descriptions and mapping.

The exhibition documents for Amendment C405 are provided within the document library below and include:

  • Explanatory report and table attachment (lists each property and proposed change).
  • Planning Scheme Amendment maps.
  • Proposed changes to the planning scheme.
  • Incorporated documents to the planning scheme – including individual Statements of Significance for each place and precinct.
  • Reference documents to the planning scheme – including the Carlton Heritage Review.

Exhibition documents

Letters of Authorisation

Notice of Preparation

Punt Road Oval

Amendment C405 and Punt Road Oval

Amendment C405 proposes to reinstate heritage protection for Punt Road Oval on a permanent basis.

Punt Road Oval had heritage protection from the 1980s, but this was previously deleted from the planning scheme inventory in error. Interim protection for the site currently applies.

Amendment C405 also implements the recommendations of the Carlton Heritage Review. Punt Road Oval has been included in Amendment C405 because it is simpler to include than undertake a separate amendment.
Sports field with players and stadium on sunny day

Punt Oval

Proposed redevelopment of Punt Road Oval

Richmond Football Club proposes to redevelop Punt Road Oval. The plans include expanding and reorientating the existing oval and the construction of a new grandstand and community facilities. The project also proposes to demolish existing buildings including the Jack Dyer Stand.

Punt Road Oval currently has interim heritage protection and permanent protection is proposed through Amendment C405. These heritage controls are not in place to stop the redevelopment of the site. They are in place to ensure the heritage of the site is appropriately considered in the assessment of the redevelopment.

Public consultation on the Punt Road Oval Redevelopment Project is underway at Engage Victoria until 14 March 2022.

History of Punt Road Oval

Punt Road Oval is in East Melbourne in Yarra Park.

It occupies the Traditional Country of the Wurundjeri Woiwurrung people of the East Kulin Nation. It is part of a broader area that was used as an East Kulin living area, ngarrga (dance) and ceremonial ground.

This broader area was set aside as the former Richmond Paddock in 1837 for government use for policing and administration.

Punt Road Oval was cleared, fenced and first used as a cricket ground in 1856.

It is associated with the development of Australian Rules football in 1858 and was the home of the Richmond Football Club from 1885 to 1964. It continues to be used as the club’s training ground and administrative centre.

Punt Road Oval is one of a small number of early sporting grounds in Melbourne that retains an early grandstand. It was built in 1913-14 and is distinguished by its curved form which was unusual for the time. It is an example of the larger and more elaborate football stands that emerged in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century.

The grandstand is named after Jack Dyer who was a champion Richmond footballer and captain-coach in the 1930s and 1940s.