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Heritage Review of Elsternwick

Glen Eira Heritage Review of Elsternwick Structure Plan Area

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Celebrating and protecting sites of historic or architectural significance is important to Glen Eira Council and the community.

A heritage review has recently been completed for the Elsternwick Structure Plan Study Area. This review looked at the whole Elsternwick Structure Plan area to identify places and precincts that demonstrate aesthetic, social or historical values important to Glen Eira which may be recommended for heritage protection as a result of heritage expert assessment.

The heritage expert Council appointed is RBA Architect and Conservation Consultants Pty Ltd. The heritage expert’s report titled Glen Eira Heritage Review of Elsternwick Structure Plan Area 2019 identifies a number of individual sites and precincts that warrant heritage protection. In total, approximately 700 additional properties are proposed to be included within the Heritage Overlay. This is in addition to the 600+ properties in Elsternwick that are already located within the Heritage Overlay. 

The report and citations are available for viewing below. It is important to note that this is not a Council endorsed document. Council will be reviewing this document after pre-amendment submissions are received.

Drop-in session to chat to a planner

We understand that the architectural descriptions within the citations and the planning process can be technical and complex. If you would like to discuss the heritage review, planning scheme amendment process or what the Heritage Overlay means with a Council officer, drop-in sessions will be held at the Town Planning Counter of the Glen Eira Town Hall on the following days:

The planner will go through the heritage citation that is relevant to your property and explain how a proposed heritage control may affect you.

Council consideration of Heritage Review Report, Heritage Citations and public submissions

The Glen Eira Heritage Review of Elsternwick Structure Plan Area 2019 and any pre-amendment submissions received by 6 November is scheduled to be reported to Council in December 2019, together with a draft planning scheme amendment for permanent heritage controls that will include application of the Heritage Overlay.

If Council decides to proceed with the implementation of permanent heritage controls, the amendment will be publicly exhibited.  This will be the opportunity to make a formal submission in relation to the planning scheme amendment that has been prepared and exhibited.

Council request for Interim Heritage Controls

Council has requested the Minister for Planning to apply interim heritage controls over all the newly proposed heritage places and precincts within the Elsternwick Structure Plan Area while the planning scheme amendment for permanent controls goes through the planning scheme amendment process, including public exhibition.  The Minister for Planning is yet to make a decision on this request. 

If you are thinking about demolishing or externally altering a property that has been identified as having heritage significance, please call City Futures on 9524 3333 to discuss your proposal.


Why is Council carrying out a heritage review of this area?

You may be aware that Council developed structure plans for Glen Eira’s three largest activity centres – Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick.

A thorough review of heritage is being undertaken to ensure that important sites or precincts are adequately protected prior to implementing the outcomes of the structure plans into the Planning Scheme (in the form of changes to zoning, design or height controls).

How does the Heritage Overlay affect my property and development rights?

Within a Heritage Overlay, a planning permit is required for demolition and most external buildings and works.

Under the Heritage Overlay, planning permission is required for:

  • Demolition of buildings;
  • Subdivision or consolidation of land;
  • Construction of a new building;
  • External alterations (minor exemptions apply);
  • Painting of previously unpainted surfaces.

In limited circumstances, internal alteration controls, tree controls and paint controls can be applied.

Does Council provide design advice to property owners within the Heritage Overlay?

Yes. Glen Eira council has a comprehensive Heritage Advisory Service, Council’s Heritage Consultant works on a Tuesday and can meet you on site or at the Town Hall to discuss your proposal for renovation/extension or restoration prior to submitting a formal planning application. Appointments with the Heritage Advisor can be made by calling the Town Planning or City Futures Department on 9524 3333.

What is the Contributory rating of my property?

Within Heritage precincts, each property is given a rating of either Contributory or Non-Contributory (ie. The building either contributes to the heritage character of the precinct or it doesn’t). Non-contributory buildings are those that are constructed outside of the ‘period of significance’. For examples, a dwelling constructed in 1970 that is located within an Interwar period precinct will be noted as Non-Contributory within the citation for that precinct. Individual properties that warrant an individual Heritage Overlay are known as Significant buildings as they are significant in their own right.

A Non-contributory property can usually be demolished subject to a planning permit, however new development on the site will need to be carefully designed to ensure it sits well within the heritage precinct.

Can development occur on a property within a Heritage Overlay?

Yes. Rear additions, double storey extensions and in some cases, multi-unit development can occur within a heritage area (subject to a planning permit). The important elements of the buildings should be retained wherever possible, particularly fabric that is seen from the street. Council’s Heritage Policy at Clause 22.01 of the Glen Eira Planning Scheme provides guidance for demolition and development within heritage areas.

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