The Planning and Environment Act 1987 requires Council to request the Minister for Planning to apply interim heritage controls. Council itself cannot make this change to its planning scheme. Council made this request to the Minister on 20 June 2019.
Why have Council requested the Amendment?
Amendment C173port will provide interim heritage protection for the houses at 3, 5, 7 and 15 Tiuna Grove, Elwood, whilst Council pursues permanent heritage controls through Amendment C174port. The houses have been assessed in Tiuna Grove Heritage Assessment (Barrett, 2019) and are found to be consistent with the aesthetic and historic values of the HO8 Elwood: Glen Huntly and Ormond Roads precinct, and recommended for the heritage overlay.
The heritage assessment provides that the houses at 3, 5, 7 and 15 are part of the historic development of the area in the early twentieth century, which was stimulated by the Victorian Railways electric tramway established in 1906 (closed 1959). Aesthetically, the houses are early and fine examples of mid 1910s and 1920s bungalow styles.
A planning application was lodged on 28 September 2018 to demolish the buildings at 1, 3 and 5 Tiuna Grove and construct a new three (3) storey building comprising twenty two (22) apartments across the consolidated site. There is currently no Heritage Overlay applied to the site, and accordingly no planning permit is required for demolition. A building permit for demolition of 1, 3 and 5 Tiuna Grove was received pursuant to Section 29A of the Building Act 1993 on 29 May 2019.