Field Street Precinct - Planning Scheme Amendment C197glen

What does the amendment do?

The Amendment seeks to apply a Heritage Overlay (HO188) to the precinct.  The Amendment also includes the Statement of Significance for the precinct as an Incorporated Document in the Schedule to Clause 72.04.

The Field Street Precinct, encapsulating properties at 1-37 and 2-30 Field Street, Bentleigh, comprises 35 detached dwellings along both sides of the street.  This building stock consists almost entirely of single-storey brick and timber houses from the mid-1920s to the late 1930s; two more houses in similar styles appeared in the late 1940s, while the sole property of more recent origin is a pair of strata titled 1990s dwellings at No 24/24a.


Why is the amendment required?

The amendment is required to protect Field Street Precinct which is of cultural heritage significance to the City of Glen Eira.

Council engaged heritage consultants, Built Heritage Pty Ltd to review the area to ascertain its heritage value. The significance of the precinct was assessed against the standard criteria contained within Planning Practice Note 01 Applying the Heritage Overlay (August 2018) and are considered to meet the requirements and threshold for local protection through the Heritage Overlay. 

A heritage citation was adopted by Council on 24 September 2019. The Citation for Field Street Precinct confirms the precinct meets the threshold for local significance and satisfies Criterion A (historic significance) and Criterion E (aesthetic significance).  Amendment 197glen is required to implement the findings of the citation. The citation (attached Amendment Documents below)  includes a history and physical description of the area as well as the Statement of Significance which answers:

  • What is significant?
  • How is it significant?
  • Why is it significant?

The Heritage Overlay is the appropriate planning mechanism to protect the heritage values of this precinct as the Heritage Overlay requires a planning permit to be granted for buildings and works, including demolition, that could affect the significance of the precinct.

Panel Hearing

The Panel Hearing took place on Tuesday 22 September 2020 from 10am to 11.30am.

Council received the Panel Report from Planning Panels Victoria on Friday 25 September 2020 detailing their recommendations for the Field Street Precinct.

The Panel recommends the Amendment C197glen be adopted as exhibited subject to further recommendations from Council contained in the report. 


Council adopted Amendment C197 on 24 November 2020 in accordance with recommendations of the Panel.

View Tuesday 24 November Council Meeting Minutes

Officers will now submit the adopted amendment to the Minister for Planning for final approval in accordance with Section 31 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. After the Minister approves the amendment, the changes to the Heritage Overlay will be included in the Glen Eira Planning Scheme.

Panel report

Glen Eira C197 Panel Report (PDF 1Mb)