Melbourne City Council unanimously voted to object to development of the Palace Theatre on Tuesday night. They were strongly swayed by heritage arguments from both Save The Palace Committee and Melbourne Heritage Action. An additional factor was almost certainly the circular arguments from the developers representatives, which suggested the likelihood of more developments in this heritage precinct if theirs were allowed. The attempt by these developers to flout the planning scheme so dramatically in terms of height, setbacks, and urban amenity was described as ‘arrogant’ by more than one Councillor.
We now wait for the final decision from the Planning Minister, and the further fight after that to get proper heritage listing for the Palace.