Amendment C216 to the Whitehorse Planning Scheme proposes to introduce a permanent Heritage Overlay on the property at 42-48 Glenburnie Road, Mitcham. The subject property was identified as being of potential heritage significance in past heritage assessments and was identified as a property requiring further heritage investigation when funding became available.
On 7 November 2018, Council, under delegation, issues a Notice of Refusal to Grant a Permit for the construction on ten (10) double storey dwellings on the subject site. A total of 156 objections were received in response to notification of this application, with heritage being raised as a ground for concern. Council then received an application under Section 29A of the Building Act 1993 for demolition of the dwelling, placing the property under immediate threat. This known threat justified an application for interim heritage controls under Planning Scheme Amendment C215 which was exempt from the usual notice and exhibition requirements. While the Minister for Planning considered Council’s request the request for report and consent was suspended until a decision on the amendment request was received.
On the 16 May 2019 Notice of Approval of Amendment C215 appeared in the Victoria Government Gazette approving the interim heritage controls. The interim controls expire on 31 March 2020 but the Minister for Planning has extended these controls until 29 January 2021, enabling more time for Amendment C216 to be progressed through the full planning scheme process.
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