The City of Melbourne proposes to update the approved heritage controls for the Guildford and Hardware Laneways Precinct through Amendment C365. The amendment applies specifically to the property at 372-378 Little Bourke Street, known as Chart House, and seeks to include it in the Precinct as a contributory building.
This follows the gazettal of Amendment C271 in August 2019, which introduced heritage controls for the Guildford and Hardware Laneways Precinct. Chart House was originally included within Amendment C271 with only the side wall of the building to Niagara Lane listed as contributory to the Precinct. This finding was not supported by a Planning Panel held in July 2018 who regarded the building as non-contributory. This position was adopted by Council in November 2018.
Additional background information about Chart House subsequently received by Council and reviewed by heritage consultants has indicated that the entire building is contributory to the Guildford and Hardware Lane Precinct on the basis that it shares key characteristics of the precinct and is an intact and representative example of an interwar office building.
Prior to the gazettal of Amendment C271, the Minister directed the Council to run a site specific heritage amendment to introduce permanent controls on the site so that inclusion of the entire building as contributory within the Guildford and Hardware Laneways Precinct can be considered.