More heritage protection in Ceres and Geelong

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The City of Greater Geelong has identified a number of additional properties in Ceres and Geelong considered to warrant heritage protection, and has moved to support a planning scheme amendment to include these properties within the existing Heritage Overlay.

The move to prepare Combined Heritage Planning Scheme Amendment C359 follows several pieces of heritage assessment undertaken by council, including a request from the National Trust to review the heritage status of the former Denny Lascelles Wool Store at 20 Brougham Street in Geelong.

A review of the existing City Fringe Heritage Area HO 1639 by heritage consultancy RBA Architects and Conservation Consultants has recommended changes to the extent of this large overlay around the inner north, east and west of Central Geelong.

Many properties would be removed from the existing overlay as a result of this review.

We (the City) are committed to applying the heritage overlay to a number of properties in Ceres and surrounds that were identified in the Outer Areas Heritage Study 1998-2000 as being historically significant.

Heritage consultants were engaged to undertake the preparation of updated citation sheets for the six Ceres properties and these have now been submitted.

The six properties are all of local significance and have been recommended for inclusion in individual heritage overlays.    

The application of a Heritage Overlay requires that a planning permit be obtained for all buildings and works, unless specifically exempted.

Some minor anomalies to existing heritage places across Geelong and Fyansford will also be corrected by Amendment C359.

The property at 36-44 Ryrie Street in Geelong has not been included in the amendment as there is an existing permit issued by the Minister for Planning for an office development that includes demolition of the existing building.