Amendment C241 has lapsed
Timeline item 1
Public exhibition for written submission
Thursday 12 February to Friday 20 March 2015
Timeline item 2
Future Melbourne Committee for verbal submission
Dates to be advised
Timeline item 3
Independent panel review of written and verbal submissions
Timeline item 4
Future Melbourne Committee for consideration of panel report and submission of amendment to the Minister for approval
To be confirmed
- What does the amendment apply to?
The planning scheme amendment applies to the former Palace Theatre site, located at 20-30 Bourke Street, Melbourne.
- Why is the amendment required?
The amendment seeks to introduce a heritage Statement of Significance for the site.
If the amendment is adopted, the Statement of Significance will be recognised under the Melbourne Planning Scheme. This will ensure the heritage attributes of the building are used to guide decisions regarding development of the former Palace Theatre site into the future.
- How can I make a submission?
You can lodge a submission via the form on this page or by emailing email@example.com
Alternatively, you can post to:
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.
- What is the history of the former Palace Theatre site to date?
3 July 2014 – TheHeritage Council of Victoria resolved that the Palace Theatre was not of State significance but agreed “that the Palace Theatre is of cultural heritage significance for its social and historical values at a local level” and suggested “that inclusion of the Palace Theatre in the overlay as an individual listing may be warranted”.
7 October 2014 – A resolution of the Future Melbourne Committee requested that:
“Management provide for the assessment of the significance of the external and internal components of the site, and present to Committee by 18 November 2014 a draft planning scheme amendment which creates a new schedule to the Heritage Overlay to recognise the Palace Theatre as a site of local significance.”
27 October 2014* –The City of Melbourne arranged for an independent heritage review which supported the view that the site was of individual significance at a local level and recommended that external and internal heritage controls be applied. Consequently a Statement of Significance* was prepared stating that ‘The Palace Theatre is historically and socially significant and of architectural interest to the City of Melbourne’. (*A Statement of Significance details the main heritage characteristics of a precinct or site and is important when making decisions about development proposals affecting a heritage place).
1 December 2014 – After receiving reports that parts of the internal fabric of the Palace Theatre had been removed, the independent heritage consultant was granted permission to undertake another inspection of the building. Their recommendation previously put forward in the heritage study was revised to reflect the altered condition of the building. This is outlined in a which recommends that internal heritage controls are no longer required.
12 February 2015 – Planning Scheme Amendment C241 the Palace Theatre Heritage Review is placed on public exhibition until 20 March 2015.
- What other planning matters relate to this precinct?
There is currently a planning application before VCAT which seeks to partly demolish and develop the former Palace Theatre site. The application will be heard on 30 March 2015.
The Palace Theatre building sits within Heritage Overlay precinct HO500 (Bourke Street Hill Precinct). In October 2014, the Minister for Planning placed Planning Scheme Amendment C240 Bourke Hill on exhibition until 6 February 2014. Amendment C240 proposes, among other things, to replace the interim mandatory height controls with a combination of mandatory and discretionary height controls.
Both matters (the planning permit application and Amendment C240) are being considered separately to Planning Scheme Amendment C241 Palace Theatre Heritage Review.