Heritage Strategy

Council adopted the Heritage Strategy and Action Plan 2018-2029(PDF, 4MB) in December 2018.

The Strategy developed over many stages.

Studies by former cities of Prahran and Malvern, and the City of Stonnington, identified buildings and places of significance.

Strategy documents and timeline

Date Activity Status

Former cities of Prahran and Malvern (Heritage Studies 1983-1993)

Former cities of Prahran and Malvern prepared conservation studies.

These helped introduce Urban Conservation Areas and list individual heritage buildings in the former Prahran and Malvern Planning Schemes.

You can find these reference documents further down this page.

City of Stonnington Heritage Strategy (1994-2004)

In 1994, the cities of Prahran and Malvern combined.

The new City of Stonnington asked Bryce Raworth Pty Ltd to prepare a report.

This used the heritage studies findings and found other buildings and areas to protect in the Stonnington Planning Scheme.

A timeframe was prepared to roll out a Heritage Strategy to protect more buildings and areas.

You can find these reference documents further down this page.

July 2006

Council adopts Thematic Environmental History Study

The Thematic Environmental History Study was prepared by Context Pty Ltd. This supported more work identifying places for heritage protection.

In April 2009, Council adopted an update to the document - Addendum 1.

See the Stonnington Thematic Environmental History(PDF, 42MB) study.

Complete
December 2006

Council adopt Heritage Review Strategy Action Plan

Council engaged consultant Maggie Barron to prepare a Heritage Review Strategy and Action Plan.

This gave Council a framework for managing heritage-related issues.

The Heritage Review Strategy includes action to manage:

  • assessment methodology
  • data
  • review of existing heritage citations
  • assessment of new places
  • planning scheme implementation, and
  • heritage management.

 You can find these reference documents further down this page.

Complete
March 2009

Heritage Precinct Gap Study

Bryce Raworth Pty Ltd were asked to prepare a municipal-wide Heritage Precinct Gap Study.

This was finished in March 2009. It addressed gaps in identifying and protecting areas with possible significance.

A program to include more areas in the Stonnington Planning Scheme has since been completed.

You can find these reference documents further down this page.

Complete
April 2012

Heritage gradings

The heritage studies had used different grading systems. So Council adopted a Unified Gradings System in April 2012.

This is based on the former city of Prahran system (A1, A2, B, C and Ungraded).

Council applied the grading system to all properties in the Heritage Overlay and property addresses updated (as needed).

There's been no re-assessment of any property's level of significance.

This is apart from redeveloped properties (now shown as ungraded).

Revised grading definitions were also adopted, to clarify the existing definitions.

You can find these reference documents further down this page.

Complete
May2018 Draft Heritage Strategy and Action Plan 2018-2019 prepared Complete
October 2018 Community consultation on draft strategy Complete
December 2018 Council adopt Heritage Strategy and Action Plan(PDF, 4MB) Complete

What's next?

We're doing a full heritage review to:

  • identify and assess new potential heritage places
  • strengthen planning controls where needed, and
  • look for more opportunities to engage and consult with our community. 

Current heritage amendments

To initiate a heritage overlay, we must amend the Stonnington Planning Scheme.  

Check Planning scheme and amendments for current scheme amendments.

Protecting our heritage

Find out how we're Protecting our heritage.

Supporting information 

Heritage assessment principles and practice

These documents outline how we assess places of heritage significance and prepare Planning Scheme amendments.

Local Government Heritage Guidelines - April 1991(PDF, 3MB)

Planning Practice Note (PPN46) - Strategic Assessment Guidelines for Preparing and Evaluating Planning Scheme Amendments - published June 2015.

Planning Practice Note (PPN01) - Applying the Heritage Overlay - published July 2015.

Australian ICOMOS Burra Charter.

Heritage provisions Review - advisory committee report - August 2007.

Heritage provisions in Planning Schemes(PDF, 210KB) - advisory committee report - 2007,

Heritage Provisions and Policies

Part of the Planning and Environment Act 1987's objective is 'to conserve and enhance those buildings, areas and places which are of scientific, aesthetic, architectural or historic interest or otherwise of special cultural value' [Section 4(1)(d)].

The Planning Scheme identifies and protects places of heritage significance.

This also states the planning policy context and need for planning permits.

Statewide standard heritage provisions appear in:

State Planning Policy Framework - Built Environment and Heritage - Clause 15.03

Overlays - Heritage Overlay (HO) - Clause 43.01

Local (Stonnington) heritage provisions appear in:

Local Planning Policy Framework - Municipal Strategic Statement - Clause 21.02-3

Local Planning Policy Framework - Heritage Policy - Clause 22.04

Overlays - Schedule to the Heritage Overlay - Clause 43.01s

City of Stonnington Heritage Design Guidelines - July 2017(PDF, 6MB)

 

Heritage provisions and policies

Section 4(1)(d) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 aims 'to conserve and enhance those buildings, areas and places which are of scientific, aesthetic, architectural or historic interest or otherwise of special cultural value'.

The Planning Scheme identifies and protects places of heritage significance.

This also states the planning policy context and need for planning permits.

Statewide standard heritage provisions appear in:

State Planning Policy Framework - Built Environment and Heritage - Clause 15.03

Overlays - Heritage Overlay (HO) - Clause 43.01

Local (Stonnington) heritage provisions appear in:

Local Planning Policy Framework - Municipal Strategic Statement - Clause 21.02-3

Local Planning Policy Framework - Heritage Policy - Clause 22.04

Overlays - Schedule to the Heritage Overlay - Clause 43.01s

City of Stonnington Heritage Design Guidelines - July 2017(PDF, 6MB).

Heritage issues

Financial

In March 2001, Heritage Victoria reviewed studies on the effect of heritage listings on property values.

It concluded, 'Generally speaking, heritage controls do not affect property values for residential buildings, particularly buildings in precincts'.

View Heritage Listing and Property Valuations in Victoria - March 2001
(PDF, 71KB)

Sustainability conversions

The Heritage Overlay doesn't prevent using sustainability measures in heritage places.

These can be accommodated, considering heritage impacts and other objectives. 

Find out more at Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning.

Areas of cultural heritage sensitivity

Land within 200 metres of the Yarra River and Gardiners Creek is an area of cultural heritage sensitivity.

This may need a Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP), in line with the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.

The requirement of a CHMP only applies to:

  • high impact activities (as defined by the Act), and
  • to land not affected by significant ground disturbance.

Most privately-owned land and all developed land is not affected.

Supporting documents

Stonnington Thematic Environmental History

The Stonnington Thematic Environmental History(PDF, 42MB) explains events that have shaped the present-day City of Stonnington.

The history is arranged according to themes. These provide context to heritage places like buildings, precincts and landscapes.

You can find an interactive Stonnington Thematic Environmental History at all Stonnington libraries. 

Heritage reference documents

Precinct heritage map(PDF, 800KB) (PDF)

Heritage Strategy documents (1983 to 1993) - former City of Prahran

Conservation Review - City of Prahran - 1993(PDF, 6MB) (PDF)

Prahran Character and Conservation Study - Nigel Lewis - 1992(PDF, 5MB) (PDF)

Prahran Conservation Study - Nigel Lewis - 1983(PDF, 15MB) (PDF)

Toorak Residential Character Study - John Curtis - 1991(PDF, 3MB) (PDF)

Heritage Strategy documents (1989 to 1992) - former City of Malvern

City of Malvern Heritage Study - 1992(PDF, 12MB) (PDF)

City of Malvern Urban Character Study - 1989(PDF, 8MB) (PDF)

Heritage Strategy documents (1996 to 2004) - City of Stonnington

Heritage Review Sites for additional planning scheme controls - Malvern and Prahran - 1996(PDF, 854KB) (PDF)

Heritage Strategy timeline - December 2004(PDF, 29KB) (PDF)

Heritage Strategy Review (2006 onwards) - City of Stonnington

Heritage Review Action Plan - Council Minutes - March 2013(PDF, 884KB) (PDF)

Heritage Review Action Plan - Council Minutes - December 2006(PDF, 199KB) (PDF)

Heritage Review Action Plan - December 2006(PDF, 888KB) (PDF)

Heritage Review Strategy - Baron Planning and Projects - October 2006(PDF, 656KB) (PDF)

Heritage Precinct Gap Study - City of Stonnington

Heritage Precinct Gap Study - Council Minutes - April 2009(PDF, 2MB) (PDF)

Heritage Overlay Gap Study - Bryce Raworth - March 2009(PDF, 9MB) (PDF)

Heritage gradings

Heritage grading definitions(PDF, 23KB) (PDF)

Heritage unified grading system(PDF, 26KB) (PDF)

Heritage assessment principles and practice

Heritage provisions in Planning Schemes - Advisory Committee Report - 2007(PDF, 210KB) (PDF)

Local Government Heritage Guidelines - April 1991(PDF, 3MB) (PDF)

Heritage provisions and policies

City of Stonnington Heritage Design Guidelines - July 2017(PDF, 6MB) (PDF)