Following a recommendation made by the Heritage Council of Victoria that identified that the Palace could be of local heritage significance, the MCC Planning Department now have a draft Planning Scheme amendment on display for public comment. The amendment has proposed a firmer heritage listing for the Palace Theatre. It will protect all of the exterior, not just the façade, which will make it harder to demolish. In recent weeks you may have received a letter from the department referencing this as Planning Scheme Amendment C241 with respect to the Palace Theatre.
A heritage review commissioned by the City of Melbourne proposes the three following amendments:
- Amending the Schedule to Clause 43.01 (Heritage Overlay) to insert a new entry for the Palace Theatre which ticks the ‘External Paint Controls Apply?’ box
- Amending Clause 22.04 – Heritage Places within the Capital City Zone, by the addition of policy reference titled Palace Theatre Bourke Street, Melbourne: Heritage Assessment for the City of Melbourne, December 2014; and
- Amending the incorporated document, Central City (Hoddle Grid) Heritage Review: Statements of Significance June 2013, by including the Statement of Significance for 20-30 Bourke Street, Melbourne at page 91
The City of Melbourne is now calling on you, even if you didn’t receive anything in the mail, to comment on the Planning Scheme Amendment C241
Save the Palace believes that the proposed Planning scheme amendments whilst a strong start to the recognition required for the Palace, exclude a number of identified contributory interior heritage elements that should also be included into the Statement of Significance within the scheme. We strongly recommend that the City of Melbourne reconsider these amendments so that more thorough and appropriate protection may be provided to the Palace Theatre.
You should also make a submission:
Online: by clicking here!
Email: [email protected]
Post: Robyn Hellman
Team Leader – Local Policy
PO Box 1603
Melbourne VIC 3001
We urge you to take the time to write to the City of Melbourne and voice your concerns and have put together a few thoughts and some alarming facts that might help you in writing your letter below:
Click here for some ideas on what to write in your submission